Lewis Hamilton challenges fans to design race helmet for new season as British F1 star calls for ‘dope new’ look

Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has challenged fans to design his race helmet for the new season starting in March.

The Mercedes driver launched the competition on Instagram on Thursday, asking: ‘Do you want to design my racing helmet for the upcoming F1 season?

‘I will meet the winner personally at one of the tracks to present them with the prize of a full size signed replica helmet.

‘I’m on the look out for a dope new layout that evolves my current theme and features the candy apple red in my existing design.

‘I’ll be picking the design that I feel is the most stylish, inspiring, iconic and eye-catching. To enter, simply post your designs on your public Instagram account.’

Hamilton, the clear pre-season favourite following the surprise retirement of German team mate and world champion Nico Rosberg last month, has changed his helmet design several times over the years.

In his early days and at McLaren, he raced with a yellow helmet in tribute to his boyhood idol Ayrton Senna, the late Brazilian triple champion. That changed when he moved to Mercedes in 2013.

Under Formula One’s regulations, a driver’s helmet design must be substantially the same for the entire season — to ensure drivers can be distinguished easily — but one special version is allowed at a race of his choosing.

Testing starts at the end of February, while Mercedes are due to unveil the new car at Silverstone on Feb. 23 with the season starting in Australia on March 26.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaone/article-4162654/Lewis-Hamilton-challenges-fans-design-new-race-helmet.html#ixzz4Y6P2FScU

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