Hamilton prevented from using special Malaysian GP helmet

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Lewis Hamilton has become the first driver to fall foul of the FIA’s ban on changing helmet designs after being told that he could not use a special one-off livery for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

After a number of drivers changed their helmet designs on a regular basis in 2014, the FIA introduced a new sporting regulation for 2015 that prevents alterations following the first race of the year.

For this weekend’s race in Malaysia, Hamilton had hoped to use a turquoise helmet design to pay homage to Mercedes’ title sponsor, Petronas, which celebrates its home race this weekend.

However, as a result of the new rule, the defending world champion is unable to use it despite the design remaining constant (i.e. only the color has changed).

Instead of racing with the helmet, Hamilton has put it on display in the Mercedes garage, thus keeping within the regulations.