Lewis Hamilton Explains the Unique Yellow Inserts on His Mercedes F1 Car

Published 04/04/2022, 4:05 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 19, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Lewis Hamilton announced ahead of the season that he’s going back to his roots. While he changed his helmet design drastically, the Briton revealed some new fascinating facts. Hamilton has struggled a lot since last season, and the adversities have followed him in the 2022 season as well. The former world champion left the fans shocked as he couldn’t even qualify for Q2 at the Saudi GP.

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Sir Hamilton’s career has suddenly taken a turn for the worse. While he was healing from the pain of losing the championship title last year, nobody expected Mercedes F1 to dip even lower this season. Safe to say, Mercedes boys are putting in results with the utmost difficulty.

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The W13 has not suited the Silver Arrows’ drivers very well, especially jolting Lewis’s championship chances. The car is far off the pace of its rivals and looks only a midfield champion for now.

Lewis Hamilton wanted to distinguish the cars

No wonder Hamilton decided to don his old helmet this season. Moreover, he recently revealed how the number on the car (44) was not visible from a distance. In the Briton’s need to be able to distinguish his car from teammate George Russell’s, he decided to tinker with the design. The seven-time world champion revealed, “I noticed that the spectators cannot distinguish the two cars well. Then I brought the problem up to my team.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 18, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

The Mercedes driver then picked up his iPad and changed the design. While, initially, this car number design had nothing to do with the helmet, it looked a lot put together by the time W13 was out. The number in yellow also looks reminiscent of biking legend Valentino Rossi’s bike. However, Mercedes emphasized how they did not refer to Rossi’s style for Hamilton’s car number.

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Hamilton also further revealed, “I then sent Toto (Wolff; Head of Motorsport) and Ola (Källenius; CEO of the Mercedes-Benz Group) a few pictures of how the paintwork would look better,”

“I then looked to see which color would stand out the most and then came up with yellow.”

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This makes sense as to why the Helmet design was also yellow later. We hope this brings some good luck to the Briton who has all the support from the Silver Arrows fan, going into the Australian GP this week.

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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