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Special home-race helmets for Button and Hamilton 19 Jun 2009

Brawn GP's Jenson Button, British Grand Prix helmet, Silverstone, England, Thursday 18 June 2009. © Brawn GP The helmet of Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, British Grand Prix, Preparations, Silverstone, England, Thursday, 18 June 2009

The two British drivers on the grid for this weekend’s British Grand Prix will both be wearing special one-off helmet liveries to commemorate the occasion of their home race at Silverstone.

Championship leader Jenson Button’s helmet design is the result of a competition on his official website. From hundreds of entries, the Brawn GP driver chose the ‘Push the Button’ work of Austrian Bernie Zobl as the winner.

"For the last few years, it has become something of a tradition for me to have a special British themed helmet,” said Button. “What I loved about Bernie's design was its unique take on the Union Jack flag and how he had incorporated it into my own 'Button' logo. The helmet looks great and I can't wait to wear it at Silverstone this weekend."

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton also has a special livery, the first time the McLaren driver has altered the design of his famous yellow helmet for his home race since starting his Formula One career in 2007. The top surface of the helmet appears to peel away to reveal a fluttering British flag beneath.

"I'm really proud to be a British driver in a British team racing in front of the British crowd,” said Hamilton, who won last year’s race. “I wanted to choose a design that not only showed that I am a British sportsman but, more importantly, recognised all the support I get from the fans at Silverstone.

"Last year, I remember standing on the grid and just looking out at all the faces in the crowd and flags and banners, it was a really special moment. And in the closing laps, I could see the fans on the banking going crazy, waving flags and banners on every lap. Racing at Silverstone is special, the British fans are special and I'm really looking forward to seeing them again."