That hasn’t happened in eight years | the special thing about verstappen’s new helmet
Max verstappen presents his new helmet photo: instagram.Com/maxverstappen1
in a few weeks it will finally be time again. On 18. March sees the start of the new Formula 1 season in Bahrain.
Current world champion max verstappen (24) is already presenting his new helmet.
Instead of the red colors he used last year, the dutchman opts for a design dominated by gold. This extends over the lettering and the lion logo on the top of his helmet.
Especially on the new helmet of the formula 1 world champion: the number "1" has been immortalized on the helmet spoiler. Already after winning the title in december, verstappen had announced that he wanted to drive with the number 1 on his car in the new season. Most recently, it carried the 33. "how often can you do that? I don’t know, maybe it’s the only time in my life. I think it’s the best number there is. I will definitely put them on the car," verstappen said at the time.
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And it’s the first time in eight years that the number "1" has been emblazoned on the helmet and car of an F1 world champion again. The last time this happened was with sebastian vettel in the 2014 season.
But why did it take so long? Lewis hamilton waived it in 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 and brought forward his "44", nico rosberg, world champion in 2016, ended his career with the title. This is not how the "1" has been awarded since 2014.
Hamilton’s starting number: 44 photo: formula 1 TV
Background: up to and including 2013, the FIA had stipulated that each driver was allocated his starting number for the coming season according to the team’s positioning in the constructors’ championship last year. Everything has changed since 2014. To improve marketing, the FIA has decided that drivers can choose a personal number between 2 and 99, which they will keep for their entire Formula 1 career. The only exceptions are 1 and 17.
The 1 remains reserved for the current world champion, who can do without it if he prefers his personal starting number. 17 is no longer assigned in honor of Jules Bianchi after his fatal accident.
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verstappen reveals the following about his new helmet on instagram: "I decided not to change the design so much, but to change the colors a little bit. Instead of red, gold now dominates. A few details were also improved."