How a Chance Reddit Encounter Led to Aston Martin Driver Lance Stroll’s F1 Helmet Design

Published 04/11/2021, 7:08 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021 Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll arrives at the circuit ahead of practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Right before the pre-season, Lance Stroll revealed his helmet design for the 2021 F1 season. It matches the goblin green of the Aston Martin car and was shining very bright during the night race in Bahrain. But do you know how it came to be?

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Helmet designs are close to an F1 driver’s heart since it is the only part of their race gear that they have creative control over. Lance Stroll is no different; he was researching for designs over the internet and that’s how he came across Mark Antar’s work.

“I have been designing F1 liveries and concept liveries for a while. I posted my work on Instagram and Twitter, but I think someone else posted it over on Reddit,” said Mark Antar.

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Lance, as it seems, saw my helmet (design), and then it’s like a dream come true, really. So, they contacted me and we talked about working on Lance’s helmet because they really liked my work.”

And soon enough, his creation came to fruition. Stroll selected the all-green helmet with silver Aston Martin wings on the side as his official race helmet.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021 Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Lance Stroll looks forward to future helmet designs by Mark Antar

F1 drivers have the freedom of racing with a ‘special edition’ helmet on particular race weekends. Normally, they choose their own home Grand Prix or the team’s home race to drive with a different headgear. So, Lance looking to collaborate with Mark Antar once again for his home race in Canada.

“We have to make it a thing every year now. I am gonna need some new designs here and there now because it came out so great; Maybe Canadian Grand Prix or something. We can already put our thinking caps on. It’s the first of many, I hope,” Lance Stroll told Mark Antar.

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Well, Sebastian Vettel isn’t the only one who takes a keen interest in his helmet design. His teammate, Lance Stroll, also shares the same enthusiasm. But Lance may have pipped Vettel with his helmet design this year, with the German donning a Racing Point-like pink design!

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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