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GALLERY: Check out the Japanese GP special helmets – including home favourite Tsunoda's design


Formula 1 has returned to the Land of the Rising Sun for the first since 2019 and some of our drivers have unveiled their extraordinary one-off designs ahead of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix action.

Yuki Tsunoda

The lone Japanese driver on the grid asked a few designers to come up with their concepts for his helmet for his home race this weekend, and winner Hiromi Nagaoka did not disappoint. Their special lid features a magnificent cherry blossom tree pattern, with a koi around the number 22.

READ MORE: Tsunoda unveils stunning helmet design ahead of home race debut at Suzuka

Sebastian Vettel

The four-time Japanese Grand Prix winner has a special helmet with a special back story. Vettel has been wearing helmets made by Arai since he was eight years old. So, set for his final race at Suzuka, Vettel had a unique thank you message on his helmet in tribute to the Japanese company.

READ MORE: Vettel says he’d ‘seriously consider’ one-off F1 return at favourite track Suzuka, as he describes emotions ahead of final Japanese GP

Mick Schumacher

Schumacher is the second driver to unveil a cherry blossom tree pattern on his helmet, as the German showcased a hand-painted stunner by Agnieszka Wienand – who also created the design for Vettel’s 2017 Japanese GP lid.

Valtteri Bottas

The Finn is back at his favourite track this weekend. And the winner of the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix is sporting a special navy blue helmet, with Japanese icons all around. Another amazing design from his girlfriend, professional cyclist and artist Tiffany Cromwell.

Alex Albon

Albon is another driver that is swapping his normal colours for a cherry blossom design, with the Thai racer displaying an eye-catching pink number, which possess a hint of Williams blue around the sides and at the back.

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton has recently been collaborating with Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami for a limited-edition collection from the seven-time world champions +44 clothing brand. And the two have incorporated their design on his new-look helmet, featuring Murakami’s trademark colourful flower around a smiling emoji character.

READ MORE: Russell and Hamilton play down hopes for rest of Suzuka weekend despite topping FP2

George Russell

In his first season at Mercedes, Russell has been donning a sky-blue helmet, but he has gone to the darker side this weekend. The Briton has made the switch to a navy-blue design for Japan that is chock full of the plus sign.


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