This weekend, the FIA Formula One World Championship will visit the Suzuka Circuit for its first Japanese Grand Prix since 2019. Friday’s practice sessions took place in wet conditions, so only Only time and weather radar can prove today’s running distance useful on Sunday. Even so, an interesting development has emerged in practice. We have a good view of special helmet which Sebastian Vettel will wear for his last F1 race at Suzuka.
Sebastian Vettel’s helmet artwork for this weekend is a tribute to Arai, the helmet supplier to the four-time F1 World Champion during his career, starting at 1995. The art of wearing an imaginative helmet created by Jens Munser Designs meant to resemble the Japanese manufacturer’s helmet cases. The helmet’s horizontal stripes mimic the stripes of the Arai box while integrating almost seamlessly the logos of the Aston Martin team sponsors. There are also The German tricolor flag stripe, seen on Vettel’s helmets since 2015, comes in the form of crumpled plastic textured packing tape. The front of the helmet’s crown even has a perforated cardboard box for hand-holding. Vettel’s distinctive helmet design in recent seasons never deviates from his iconic tricolor and white stripe sole design, while using subtle details to accentuate turn on a particular topic is greatly underrated.
Along with Sebastian Vettel, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Alpha Tauri’s Yuki Tsunoda also wore helmets made by the Japanese manufacturer. Arai GP-7SRC ABP is the model currently used by those drivers in the competition and is available retailing from $4599.95. Bell is the most popular helmet supplier in Formula 1, with 12 of the championship’s 20 full-time drivers using their helmets. As Sebastian Vettel wraps up his legendary career, it’s always a pleasure to see him still expressing himself through his helmet designs while thanking those who have contributed to his efforts on racetrack.