Vettel might ignore helmet livery change ban

Four-time world champion wants to know what the punishment will be – and is willing to donate to charity.

Sebastian Vettel has admitted he might ignore F1's new ban on helmet livery changes.

The German, who has switched from Red Bull to Ferrari, has made about 60 livery changes since making his debut in Formula One.

But it has also been a growing trend among Vettel's peers as well, moving Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Todt to clamp down on the practice and limit each driver to a single design for the entire season from 2015.

"The plan was to calm down a little bit anyway," said Vettel on the subject of changing his design.

So far in 2015, the 27-year-old has worn a mainly white design with a German tricolour.

What are the consequences?

It is not yet clear what penalties await those who infringe the new ban.

"In these difficult times," Vettel said, "this (livery ban) seems to be the only thing they can agree on.

"I don't know what the punishment will be," he added, "but if it is only a small fine for charitable purposes, then I will gladly change my helmet again."

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Series Formula 1
Event Barcelona F1 testing
Track Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers Sebastian Vettel , Jean Todt , Bernie Ecclestone
Article type Breaking news
Tags barcelona, f1 testing, helmet liveries