After Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel Adds Another HUGE Name to His Helmet Collection

Published 06/21/2021, 10:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel walks around the track ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


Recently, Sebastian Vettel initiated a helmet swap with Alpine Racing driver Fernando Alonso. Now, the German driver has initiated another helmet swap, this time with F1 legend Alain Prost. This is hardly the first time the Aston Martin driver had swapped lids with fellow drivers.

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Others included the former rival, Lewis Hamilton and former teammate Kimi Raikkonen. The Finnish veteran even joked that it was okay for Vettel to drop the helmet as it was a ‘fake one‘. Meanwhile, Hamilton and Vettel’s swap was a slightly more serious affair and highlighted mutual respect.

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Finally, his and Alonso’s lid swap was a more casual affair and an acknowledgement of their rivalry. One thing is for sure, Sebastian Vettel does love his helmets and it was even evident in his early F1 days.

Sebastian Vettel and his fondness for helmets

Back when he used to race for Red Bull, Vettel was notorious for coming up with different helmet schemes. Unfortunately for him, the helmet obsession got to such a stage where the FIA had to impose a rule against many helmet changes.

Now it seems that Sebastian Vettel has found a new hobby and this is more harmless. Admittedly, helmet swaps are not really common in Formula One, but some racers do it.

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This is practically the equivalent of football players swapping jerseys at the end of a match. The action is quite symbolic as it signifies a moment of respect between two rivals. At least Vettel can be happy that he can finally get his hands on some colorful helmets.

Although Alain Prost is not the first driver to trade helmets, he will definitely not be the last one to do so. Without a doubt, Sebastian Vettel will try his luck with other drivers and possibly other F1 legends to trade lids.

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