FIA confirms helmet design restrictions

By on Monday, March 2, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

The FIA has confirmed that drivers will no longer be permitted to change their helmet designs during the 2015 season.

Leading figures within the sport were concerned that fans were having trouble identifying drivers due to the regularity with which some opted to alter their design.

One key example was four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who regularly changed helmet designs during his Red Bull career and 'retired' certain paint schemes following each victory.

The updated sporting regulations now confirm that drivers must stick to one design per season.

"In order for drivers to be easily distinguished from one another whilst they are on the track, the crash helmet of each driver must be presented in substantially the same livery at every event during a Championship season," read an amended version of article 21.1 of the sporting regulations.

The decision means that drivers will no longer be allowed to tweak designs mid-season, nor introduce one-off designs for certain events, which has become an increasingly prominent move across recent years.

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