Art on the F1 Track: 10 Best Vettel Helmet Designs

Take a closer look at 10 helmet designs Sebastian Vettel wore during the 2013 Formula 1 season.

It's no secret Sebastian Vettel changes helmet designs more frequently than most do their knickers. However, unlike undergarments, Seb's helmets are custom pieces of art -- no, your Spidey chonies don't qualify as an installation. Each of Vettel's helmets are beautifully designed often carrying a theme that ties it to a particular GP.

Fancy purchasing one? Sebastian Vettel along with teammate Mark Webber are both auctioning off helmets to raise money for spinal cord injury charity Wings for Life. Find out more here.

Whether you're in the market for wearable art or not, take a look at the 10 helmet designs below. These head canvases not only have a ton of craftsmanship, they were part of Seb's fourth F1 championship.

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Vettel's Australian Grand Prix helmet - Star man
Sebastian Vettel helmet design 2013

Vettel's Australian Grand Prix helmet - Star man

Vettel paid tribute to Felix Baumgartner's incredible Red Bull Stratos jump by replicating his helmet for the Australian Grand Prix.

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Malaysian Grand Prix - Blue is the colour
Sebastian Vettel helmet design 2013

Malaysian Grand Prix - Blue is the colour

A closer look at this helmet shows masses of shades of blue all melting into one another and on the top – which is Seb's personal space – is a holographic pattern.

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Chinese Grand Prix - Lucky numbers
Sebastian Vettel helmet design 2013

Chinese Grand Prix - Lucky numbers

This design features numbers 10, 11 and 12 – as in the 2010, '11 and '12 championships won by Vettel. Red is also significant as it's lucky in China.

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Monaco Grand Prix - Pin up girl
Sebastian Vettel helmet design 2013

Monaco Grand Prix - Pin up girl

The top of the helmet commemorates Stirling Moss' commanding victory in the Principality in 1961 but most people missed that because of the sixties pin up girl whose thermo lacquer bathing suit disappears when the helmet heats up.

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British Grand Prix - Team work
Sebastian Vettel helmet design British Grand Prix 2013

British Grand Prix - Team work

With the Red Bull Racing factory located a stones throw away from Silverstone, Sebastian put tiny pictures of all 550 team employees on his helmet. The Vettel logo alone is made up of a mosaique of 100 pictures.

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German Grand Prix - Black, Red and Gold
Sebastian Vettel helmet design German Grand Prix 2013

German Grand Prix - Black, Red and Gold

This design incorporates the colours of the German flag for Sebastian's home grand prix. The combination of highly sparkling glimmer lacquer and matte black, makes for a striking contrast.

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Singapore Grand Prix - Glitter ball
Sebastian Vettel helmet design Singapore Grand Prix 2013

Singapore Grand Prix - Glitter ball

Last year's LED helmet was a tough act to follow but Seb stayed on track with this helmet covered in glitter flakes. These flakes were applied with a special technique to ensure a sparkling effect.

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Japanese Grand Prix - Land of the rising Sun
Sebastian Vettel helmet design Japanese Grand Prix 2013

Japanese Grand Prix - Land of the rising Sun

Suzuka is one of Sebastian's favourite tracks so the Japanese GP always gets special treatment. This year's model features Japanese characters, cherry blossoms, pagodas, bonsai trees and origami planes with the sun rising out of silver and blue on top of the lid.

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Indian Grand Prix - Man in black
Sebastian Vettel helmet design Indian Grand Prix 2013

Indian Grand Prix - Man in black

Sebastian's helmet for India was inspired by the colour of carbon fibre, one of F1’s "key ingredients". The dark exterior and hologram effects are more restrained than the ones used in Singapore and Japan but just as effective.

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Four is Golden
Sebastian Vettel helmet design Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2013

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Four is Golden

Gilded with 24 karat gold, Vettel's Abu Dhabi helmet had four stars on the side and IV on top, to celebrate his four world championships.

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