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Heidfeld goes aggressive with new helmet design 21 Jan 2009

The helmet of Nick Heidfeld (GER), BMW Sauber F1. BMW Sauber F1.09 Roll-Out, Valencia, Spain, 20 January 2009. Nick Heidfeld (GER), BMW Sauber F1. BMW Sauber F1.09 Roll-Out, Valencia, Spain, 20 January 2009.

He may still be waiting to sample the new BMW Sauber, but Nick Heidfeld’s preparations for 2009 are clearly in full swing after he revealed a new helmet design. The revamped look, created by longstanding collaborator Jens Munser, sees him ditch his blue colour scheme in favour of green.

"I took my inspiration from a snowboard helmet that I saw when I was on holiday,” the German told his official website. "I wanted a somewhat more aggressive look. Green makes quite a change, as none of the other F1 drivers sports a green helmet at the moment.”

Heidfeld, who hopes to emulate his team mate Robert Kubica's 2008 achievement and win a Grand Prix in 2009, only saw his new helmet for the first time on Tuesday, at the launch of the F1.09 at the Spanish track of Valencia.

"The timing was quite tight and, up to last week, we weren't sure whether I was still going to use the old design after all,” added the 31 year-old. “Jens had to take my ideas and implement them in a relatively short period of time. It wasn't until late last week that I finally gave the go-ahead for the new design.

"As I only saw the real thing yesterday for the first time, and that's always quite different from seeing a digital mock-up, there are bound to be a few alterations made before the start of the new season.”

Heidfeld will climb into the F1.09’s cockpit for the first time on Thursday as BMW Sauber's first pre-season test continues in Spain.