In what now seems to be a tradition amongst F1 drivers, Monaco has become a place where having you normal helmet design just isn’t enough. Whether it be a retro feel, or one for charity, some of the F1 grid have brought along something special to wear on their heads while driving in Monte Carlo. Here’s a selection of our favourites from the weekend so far.

Romain Grosjean

The Frenchman has tied in with French oil manufacturer Total to run fans Twitter handles over the white parts of his design (where it says “Total” in the picture below). After Romain’s outings in the past few seasons in Monaco, we hope the most exposure it gets isn’t of him trudging back to the pits after plowing into the barriers.


Marcus Ericsson

Now this one we like. To celebrate fellow Swede Ronnie Peterson’s win in 1974, exactly 30 years ago, Ericsson has switched to an homage of his countryman. The real kicker here is the fact that he’s using the exact same Bell helmet bag Peterson did for that race. That’s just beyond cool.

Photo: Caterham F1 Team/LAT

Adrian Sutil and Esteban Guitterez

In a nice touch by both Sauber drivers, they’ve allowed their skidlids to be designed by pop artist Romero Britto, in raising awareness for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. Unique, and for a good cause, so thumbs up from us.

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Photo: Sauber Formula One Team Media

Sergio Perez

Not content with wearing race gear that’s reminiscent of a 90’s shellsuit, Sergio has gone for the same-ish lurid colour scheme for his headwear too. Bright.

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Photo: Sahara Force India Media

Valterri Bottas

The quietly spoken Finn has added a little shine to his regular design, complete with obligatory “MONACO” graphic, just to remind us all where they’re driving this weekend.

Photo: WilliamsF1 Team/LAT

Daniel Ricciardo

Another sparkly one, but loving the tribute to the recently passed Jack Brabham, who led the way in Australian motorsport, blazing the trail for Daniel to follow. Respect.

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Photo: Red Bull Racing Media

Sebastian Vettel

Wouldn’t be an article about unique helmet designs without this guy now, would it?

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Photo: Red Bull Racing Media

We’re sure many more designs will crop up as the weekend wears on – keep checking back for more!