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Design: Gilles Villeneuve’s 1980 helmet

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There are hardly more tragic stories than that of Gilles Villeneuve. The Canadian driver drove his first race in 1977 for McLaren, but was picked up by Ferrari for the final two races of the 1977 season. He won his first race in the following 1978 season at his home grand prix. He came close to winning the 1979 championship, but was plagued with problems in the ’80 and ’81 seasons. Then, finally, Ferrari seemed to have built a title challenger for the 1982 season.  After two retirements, Villeneuve came second  in the third race after Ferrari’s #2 driver Didier Pironi who had agreed beforehand to let Villeneuve win the race. Anguished, Villeneuve tried to destroy Pironi in the next race at Zolder. Unfortunately, he pushed too hard and fatally crashed during the qualifying session, leaving behind his young son Jacques, who went on to win the 1997 WDC.
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Design: Michael Schumacher’s 1994 Helmet (+extra)

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Michael Schumacher was, and always will be, my hero. I was born in 1991, the year he made his debut. One of my first memories is watching him drive Formula 1 in 1994 and winning the title that year. I had a slot car set by Carrera which came with a poster of him on the podium in the 1993 season which had been on my bedroom door for about 15 years until it finally collapsed. Schumacher went on to win a record seven World Driver Championships: two with Benneton (’94, ’95), and five with Ferrari (’00, ’01, ’02, ’03 and ’04). He retired after the ’06 season, but came back with Mercedes in the 2010 season, completing a further three season without much success. This design is a personal tribute to my all-time favorite driver, especially after his skiing accident.
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Design: Sebastian Vettel’s 2015 Ferrari helmet

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Sebastian Vettel is a controversial driver in Formula 1: you either hate him, or love him. Making his debut in 2007 for BMW Sauber as a temporary replacement for the concussed Robert Kubica, Vettel went on to make his full season debut for Toro Rosso in 2008. He scored STR’s first and to date only victory in the soaking wet temple of speed, Monza. He was promoted to Red Bull for the subsequent season, and won his first WDC in 2010, after which he dominated with three more WDC wins in 2011, 2012 and 2013 – causing a lot of hate from people fearing another Schumacher era. The 2014 season marked a turning point in his career. The car (but mostly the engine) was relatively terrible, prompting Vettel to leave for Ferrari and subsequently dropping the Red Bull helmet design for this minimalist beauty.
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Design: Niki Lauda’s 1984 helmet

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Niki Lauda is perhaps among the top three of the most famous drivers F1 has had, next to Schumacher and Senna. The Austrian driver entered Formula 1 in 1971 and had his last season in 1985. Not only is he known for the three world titles he achieved during his career and being the only one doing so with both Ferrari and McLaren, he is probably best remembered by his horrible crash at the Nürburgring which left most of his face with third degree burns. The title challenge between him and James Hunt in the 1976 season was excellently depicted in the Ron Howard movie ‘Rush‘ (IMDb). It is available on Netflix, and if you haven’t seen it already, you must do so as soon as possible if you have only a tiny bit of enthusiasm for racing. Keep reading

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The F1 Oracle – Predicting the results for GP #03: Sakhir, Bahrain

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In this series of posts, which will be published the friday before each race weekend, I will attempt to predict the top 10 of both the qualifying session and the race ahead based on previous form and the individual performances in the first two free practice sessions on friday ahead of the weekend. I will enter these predictions on GuessTheGrid, a website which takes your top 10 predictions and ranks them against other’s. Feel free to sign up and battle me for the title of F1 Oracle – but first, read on what my prediction will be for the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix and why I think this prediction will ring true come sunday afternoon (local time).

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