The 2014 Formula 1 season is finally here, and with so much attention focused on all the engineering changes, we thought it'd be fun to look at all the new helmet designs. So did our friends over at GrandPrix247, who assembled the art for every driver's helmet. We've chosen our favorites.
The former World Champion's helmet is classy and meaningful at the same time, with his letters oddly representative of the Union Jack, and a little homage to Japan, which he loves almost as much as his super hot Japanese girlfriend, Jessica Michibata
It's both classy and bold, with a very bright white contrasting sharply with the red and black streaks. Above all, it's clean.
There's just something about the matte black and mirror finish on Nico's helmet that's awesome. It pairs well with the silver and black Mercedes he'll be driving, too.
Possibly the coolest helmet on the grid this year, Bottas's helmet takes the blue and white from his native Finland's flag, and combines it with the super-iconic Martini stripes that have finally returned to F1 after a few decades away. That the stripes circle the helmet kinda like Jackie Stewart's tartan helmet
is a bonus.
The reigning four time World Champion kicks off his title defense with the usual loud, Red Bull-dominated design. His helmet makes the cut not for any one design though, but for the general concept. He changes his helmet nearly every race, to always keep things fresh. Definitely cool. Definitely not cheap, either.
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He's worn the same helmet since 2007. It's mostly white, and he's been told he looks like a snowman driving a car when he wears it. Follow him on Twitter.