Formula 1
Formula 1
30 Apr
-
03 May
FP1 in
42 days
07 May
-
10 May
FP1 in
49 days
21 May
-
24 May
FP1 in
62 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
FP1 in
77 days
11 Jun
-
14 Jun
FP1 in
85 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
FP1 in
98 days
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
FP1 in
105 days
16 Jul
-
19 Jul
FP1 in
119 days
R
Hungarian GP
30 Jul
-
02 Aug
FP1 in
133 days
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
FP1 in
161 days
03 Sep
-
06 Sep
FP1 in
168 days
R
Singapore GP
17 Sep
-
20 Sep
FP1 in
182 days
24 Sep
-
27 Sep
FP1 in
189 days
R
United States GP
22 Oct
-
25 Oct
FP1 in
218 days
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
FP1 in
225 days
R
Brazilian GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
FP1 in
239 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
26 Nov
-
29 Nov
FP1 in
252 days

F1's new ballistic-tested helmet revealed

shares
comments
F1's new ballistic-tested helmet revealed
By:
Aug 30, 2018, 3:42 PM

The first race-ready version of Formula 1’s new ballistic-tested helmet concept that all drivers must use next season has been unveiled by Italian company Stilo.

The new design, which is the result of nearly a decade of research by the FIA since Felipe Massa’s crash in qualifying for the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, is aimed at helping take driver head protection to the next level.

The helmet sees the current zylon forehead protection area replaced with a fully integrated extension of material – which results in the top edge of the helmet face opening moving down by 10mm.

These new toughened parts will increase energy absorption in the event of an accident by up to 25 percent, and have been tested to withstand a 225g projectile striking a driver at 250km/h. The helmet has also undergone extensive military ballistic testing.

With Stilo’s first version of the helmet having recently been completed, a visibility test was undertaken by Valtteri Bottas in first free practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Lance Stroll is expected to test it at Monza this weekend, but the trial may be delayed if poor weather conditions affect Friday running because of the need for different spec visors.

Bottas said it was important for helmet technology to continue to evolve as F1 focuses mainly on car safety developments like the halo. 

“The halo was very good protection in Spa for Charles, but there can still be cases that bits can hit you a lot,” said Bottas.

“The stronger the helmet is, it's always better. The regulations for the helmets have been still for a few years. 

“They want more safety and they need to take harder impacts than before. 

“It is very important that the helmets keep developing, there is always margin to improve."

Stilo’s managing director Guglielmo Belotti said that his company had managed to produce the helmet to the new stricter homologation characteristics without adding weight – and Bottas had reported no visibility consequences either.

“The feedback was absolutely identical to the old,” he told Motorsport.com. 

“The important thing is that even if this is absolutely safer than the old standard, we could get this result without increasing the weight. So the current helmet is the lightest in F1, and this one in racing conditions is identical.”

Stilo ST5 Zero helmet

Stilo ST5 Zero helmet

Photo by: Uncredited

Next article
Kvyat in frame for shock Toro Rosso return

Previous article

Kvyat in frame for shock Toro Rosso return

Next article

Haas drivers to run updated floor at Monza

Haas drivers to run updated floor at Monza
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Author Jonathan Noble