It's hard to miss against the white and black of his ART Grand Prix car and that's intentional says Frederik Vesti, the latest Formula 2 driver to join us in explaining his helmet design. We caught up with the Dane and asked him to give us the story behind it and all the details that you might not have seen before.
“My first ever painted helmet was probably decided 70% by my dad and 30% by me because I’ve never liked yellow, and I love green, but my dad loves yellow. The helmet ended up being both green and yellow.
"It looked nice and I’ll probably go back to it one day. Maybe if I make it to Formula 1 and I want to do something nostalgic. Maybe. That was the first one. I’ve played a bit around with the colours since then. I’ve gone to orange, fluid or neon yellow at some point, but I’ve always gone back to green.
"I was probably 10 years old in karting when I got my first one. I started when I was 8 and drove two years with the white helmet like most people when they start. Then at some point, when I started doing the Championships, I asked my father if I could get a helmet, and he said yes.
“I’m not too much into building on the same helmet design too much. Every year I like to have something new and try to innovate a bit, trying something different. The main feature of the helmet is the sign which is my ‘F’ here, which stands for Frederik. That’s probably the most personal part of the helmet.
"For this year, I’ve gone for a marble top and on the sides with some gold effects because I’ve never seen it on a helmet before and I just thought it was a good idea to try. Then I always have the golden glitter. The key parts are the green and then the black with gold.
“I have the Mercedes star on the front and the back as well. It’s pretty surreal to race with it on my helmet. I remember coming from F4 to F3, I did one race in the old F3 when it was called the European Formula 3 Championship, because it was a Mercedes engine in the car, I was allowed to wear the star before I was anything to do with Mercedes. I really wanted to do that because it meant so much to me.
"After that I worked really hard, spent a lot of time trying to convince Mercedes and trying to improve myself to be able to join the academy. When I got the Mercedes star officially, it was just amazing.
“We have the Mercedes stars, I think that’s about it really. It’s pretty simple, there’s a lot of things going on but at the same time it’s quite calm.
"I don’t know why I have the purple visor. Last year I had a purple helmet together with the purple visor, but I just kept that from last year to have a little bit of that design I guess.
“It’s designed by JMD (Jens Munser Designs), which is also doing the helmets of Lando Norris, Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher. It’s also painted by JMD. It’s a Bell helmet. The designer in Germany is making everything but my manager and I are trying different things.
"Each December or January, we’re speaking for many hours, trying to change it and make it more interesting and try new things. I don’t understand why you’d keep things the same. We’re here to move forward, improve and explore new things. That’s why I’m always trying to bring new things for my helmet."