Button goes back to the future with 2016 helmet design

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Jenson Button has had a slightly altered helmet livery the last few years, and made special allowances for one-offs when the regulations still allowed. His “Pink for Papa” helmet, paying tribute to late father John Button, was arguably one of the most memorable helmets in the 2014 season.

Button though is going with the more standard blue, red and white colors of the Union Jack in his 2016 helmet, which he revealed on Instagram on Wednesday following a fan vote.

Here we are ladies and gentlemen, my new old helmet livery for 2016! #JB22 Hope you like it because you chose it! 😁

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The change comes after Button wore a primarily red and white helmet in 2015, pictured at the top of this post.

Button, who will begin his 17th season in Formula 1 this year and his seventh with McLaren, has had this type helmet design before. Here’s a couple reference points below, from his first year in 2000, his title-winning year at Brawn GP in 2009, his first year at McLaren in 2010, and the aforementioned “Pink for Papa” helmet in 2014.

Button in the pits ahead of the 2000 Belgian Grand Prix. Mandatory Credit: Mark Thompson/ALLSPORT
Button clinches the 2009 World Championship in Brazil. Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images
Button at 2010 Canadian Grand Prix. Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images
Button at the 2014 British Grand Prix. Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images