Vettel prepared to ignore helmet design change ban


Sebastian Vettel says he is prepared to ignore the ban on in-season helmet design changes.

Vettel has typically changed his crash helmet design from race-to-race during his Formula 1 career, accumulating a collection of over 90 designs in his years with Toro Rosso and Red Bull.

The German’s trend has been followed increasingly by other drivers in recent years, prompting the F1 Commission to limit drivers to just a single design per year, in an effort to make helmet designs more iconic.

However, Vettel says he would not be averse to changing his design, as long any imposed fine was to go to charity.

“The plan was to calm down a little bit,” he told reporters at the Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday.

“It seems in these difficult times, it [the banning of helmet changes] is the only thing that people can agree on!

“I don’t know what is the penalty. If it is a little fine with money for charitable causes, then I am happy to keep changing my helmet.”

Vettel added that he was ‘sleeping’ when he spun off at Turn 5 early on the third day of testing in Barcelona, on his first lap back in the SF15-T.

“This morning I was sleeping a bit and, coming out of the pits on cold tyres, I spun,” he explained. “The least I could do was help the guys  clean all the gravel out of the car!”

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari


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