Lewis Hamilton has launched a competition to find a new helmet design ahead of the 2017 Formula 1 season, calling on fans to create a “dope new layout”.
Hamilton’s helmet designs have varied through his F1 career, with the striking yellow livery he became known for during his junior racing career and McLaren days being ditched upon his move to Mercedes in 2013.
The Briton raced with a white, gold and candy red scheme through 2016, but is now on the lookout for a new design after appealing to his fans on Instagram.
“NEW HELMET DESIGN WANTED!” Hamilton posted on Instagram.
“Do you want to design my racing helmet for the upcoming F1 season? I will meet the winner personally at one of the tracks to present them with the prize of a full size signed replica helmet.
“I’m on the lookout for a dope new layout that evolves my current theme and features the candy apple red in my existing design. I’ll be picking the design that I feel is the most stylish, inspiring, iconic and eye-catching.”
Hamilton enters 2017 looking to re-claim the F1 drivers’ championship after losing out to Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg last year.
Rosberg announced his immediate retirement from racing just five days after clinching the title, freeing up a seat for Valtteri Bottas to join Mercedes and partner Hamilton in 2017.
Alexander Rossi bobbled for the first time in 2018 with an 11th-place finish in the Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
And to add insult to injury, Rossi also lost the points lead as a result.
Rossi got off to about as great a start to the season as possible. He finished third at St. Petersburg and sat third in the standings. He finished third again at Phoenix and climbed to second in the points.
Rossi won the Long Beach Grand Prix after starting from the pole and leading 71 laps. That put him at the top of the standings after three races.
Then, as quickly as he climbed to the top, he got knocked down a spot after finishing off the podium for the first time in 2018.
Rossi not only missed the podium, he finished outside the top 10.
“We didn’t get the result that we wanted,” Rossi said after the race. “That remains a mystery. But at the end of the day it was about survival. We couldn’t make the tires last; we couldn’t really get a great fuel number.”
The biggest negative was the one factor that was mostly out of his control. Rossi gambled that he was facing only a brief shower when rain began to fall with about 15 minutes remaining. He was wrong.
“We tried to be pretty aggressive on the dry tires and stay out and survive the rain, hoping it would dry out,” Rossi said. “And it didn’t really work.
“Sometimes you’ll have those days.”