Mick Schumacher sports an interesting colour combination on his helmet, and when asked about it recently, he revealed the inspiration behind it and if there are any more special designs to come like he had in Silverstone a few races ago.
The primary helmet colours for Schumacher are red, black and green. Colours you’d expect to clash or at least look a little bizarre as one, have been knitted together in a way that makes it look not only cool but unique as well. The red and black and tinge of yellow is mostly to depict the German flag.
It’s actually a simple thought process behind it too. “I mean green was always my colour to begin with, then we went for a colour scheme with the German flag which turned out to be very red dominant on the side,” said Schumacher, when asked by FormulaRapida.net. A lot of drivers like their helmets to match the colour scheme of their home flag.
We’ve seen the likes of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso do this and Schumacher is following that particular trend. But recently and since the start of the season at least, the German has felt the need to make an alteration or two. “I felt that maybe the combination of all the colours, now with also sponsors, I feel that green didn’t match anymore so I wanted to try something new and I feel that red has a nice harmony that’s why I chose to go for a red helmet now, well sort of red orange,” he explained.
So like he says, its transitioned from green dominant to red dominant. Sponsors do play a part because obviously they have their colours which can disrupt your colours, which is what has happened with Schumacher. Not that he is complaining of course, the sponsors are vital, especially to a team like Haas.
And maybe switching to a red theme is a blessing in disguise, change can be a good thing. Back in Silverstone, Schumacher sported his first special helmet design of the season. He carried the names of his Haas F1 team members for their home grand prix. “Obviously for the names that I put on the side, we were in England and for most of the guys, it was their home race, so I thought it was nice to say thank you for the good times we have and the good times we will have,” he said.
All the names of Schumacher’s mechanics, among others, were listed on the side of his helmet as his thank you to them for their hard work during a difficult season for the team. Although Haas are an American team, a lot of the employees, especially the mechanics, are English, same goes for a lot of the teams up and down the grid.
Drivers are allowed a limited number of helmet designs throughout a season to prevent them chopping and changing as they wish. “I am planning on having a few different models and designs coming in in future races, and I think now it’s up to you guys to guess which one,” said Schumacher. If only the calendar still had a German GP on it, that would definitely be one for him.
Helmets are a way for the drivers to express themselves, it’s like a canvas for them. There are plenty of different and unique designs up and down the grid and Schumacher has certainly found his identity on his. His is a cool design and it will be interesting to see which races he introduces those fresh schemes at.
Old colour scheme:
New colour scheme:
The story was written by Ollie Pattas
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