Sebastian Vettel Claims He Had to Sideline His ‘Pride’ to Don Pink F1 Helmet

Published 03/20/2021, 10:47 AM EDT
SUZUKA, JAPAN – Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


A little over a week ago it was announced that Sebastian Vettel had agreed to a brand ambassador deal with Aston Martin F1 sponsor BWT. As part of the deal, Vettel also had to support its campaign against plastic bottles. And as such, the four-time world champion had unveiled a new helmet design with the famous color that BWT is usually associated with, i.e. Pink.

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Today, the German driver further clarified the switch in his helmet color.

Those who have been following Vettel for a while know that he usually sports some of the best helmet designs on the grid. The trick is that he keeps things simple and classy, usually opting for pristine white as the main color along with colors of the German flag on it. But this season will clearly be a departure from the normal for the Aston Martin man.

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Formula One F1. Pre-Season Testing. Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel arrives ahead of testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

He said, “I don’t have any pride in my way to stick to the German flag. The design is similar, and the core is still the same, but obviously the message is clear.

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The German driver added, “I think Formula 1 is pushing very hard to get rid of plastics in the paddock. I’ve been doing my best the last couple of years, so I think there’s just solutions out there and companies such as BWT delivering those type of solutions, and we all should thrive and have to thrive for a better world and better future.

“I think the main thing is to create an awareness. It’s a small thing, to paint your helmet in a different color, but it reaches quite a lot of people, so I’m happy to hear that you noticed.”

Formula One F1. Pre-Season Testing. Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

However, Vettel has already shown he can adapt with his helmet designs. The helmet which he unveiled a week ago was different from the one in testing. During the tests, the helmet did indeed have the colors of the German flag on it. There was also the characteristic white meshed in. So, it looks as though he has found the perfect balance.

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But things haven’t started on the best note on track for Vettel and his new team. They faced problems in pre-season testing that limited the mileage they put in, and F1 presenter Will Buxton reckons they could be in serious trouble.

However, there isn’t much to analyze, performance-wise. A more accurate judgment can be made once the first race is at hand.

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Do you think Aston Martin and Vettel can finish 2021 as the best of the rest? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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