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The F1 Helmet Livery Debate: Have your Say

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The F1 Helmet Livery Debate: Have your Say
Feb 19, 2015, 3:24 PM

The surprise decision by the FIA to limit drivers to one helmet livery per season has sparked debate throughout the world of F1 with opinions divid...

The surprise decision by the FIA to limit drivers to one helmet livery per season has sparked debate throughout the world of F1 with opinions divided on whether it's a good development, an infringement of personal liberty or of limited importance.

The decision, made by the F1 commission in Geneva this week and due to be rubber-stamped by the FIA World Motorsport Council, comes following consultation between Bernie Ecclestone, the FIA and the race teams as one measure aimed at improving the marketing of the series.

Motor Racing - Formula One Testing - Day 1 - Jerez, Spain

The initiative is aimed at making drivers more easily identifiable by race fans and will surely be popular with broadcast commentators but is it of value in the presentation of F1 or merely another attempt to restrict natural evolution?

We'd like to get your take on the subject. Register your vote in the poll below and feel free to add your comment to a topic that seems to have excited considerable reaction on social media.

Sebastian Vettel is said to have used more than 60 helmet designs in his relatively short F1 career and many fans look forward to seeing which graphics adorn the multi-world champion's primary safety device at each event.

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Others yearn for the days of career-long colour choices and uncluttered designs such as the iconic yellow Ayrton Senna livery incorporating the colours of his national flag or the plain black with white stripes adopted by former London Rowing Club member Graham Hill and his son Damon.

Stirling Moss, something of a pioneer in personal brand management in the 1950s, was always easy to pick out in his trademark white helmet in the days when many were happy to make do with whatever colour their cork helmet came in.

By the 1960s personal helmet colours were very much de rigeur even if they were just a few daubs of paint or some coloured stickers like 1964 world champion John Surtees. Until the advent of the 1980s there was little question of changing your helmet colours for every event because drivers rarely used more than one helmet throughout the season.

Formula 1 Grand Prix, Bahrain, Saturday

The advent of the 1980s heralded personal helmet fitting and multiple examples supplied by manufacturers in an increasingly competitive market place. Iconic helmet colours offered an opportunity for sales of miniature and full-size replicas.

Is it reasonable that fans, teams and media invariably refer to the colour of the camera above the car's airbox to firmly establish the identity of its driver?

Or has another potential revenue stream for charity auctions been erased and with it one more in a dwindling list of opportunities for self expression in a world already hidebound with stricture and control?

Let us know.

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