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Design: Ayrton Senna’s Helmet (1990-ish)

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What words could one dedicate to Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna which haven’t been said before? His career was excellently (albeit a tad biased) documented in the 2010 documentary ‘Senna’ (IMDb link) which for many was their first glimpse into the sport. Understandably, Senna’s fanbase (for a non-current driver) equals Schumacher’s. Who could forget his battles with other 80’s legends such as Prost and Mansell. The 1988 dominance of the MP4/4 and the resulting rivalry between Senna and Prost puts even Rosberg vs. Hamilton to shame. Sadly, we lost Senna in the darkest weekend Formula 1 ever knew, the 1994 San Marino GP. Luckily, Senna will be remembered for decades if not centuries to come.
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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: Damon Hill’s 1996 helmet

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As a young Schumacher fan growing up in the early ’90s, Damon Hill was the antagonist I loved to hate. Not just the infamous ’94 clash in Australia which saw Schumacher take his first WDC, but also the ’96 season in which Hill defeated Schumacher. He gained some of my sympathy when he was booted off Williams for the ’97 season, having to race for Arrows as all other seats at the time were taken. After that, he went to drive for Jordan, but slowly disappeared into obscurity only to retire after the ’99 season. His helmet design though, was based on the design used by his father (Graham Hill) who died in a plane accident when Damon was a toddler. To date, Graham and Damon hill are the only father and son who have both won the World Driver’s Championship.
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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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