All the new F1 driver helmet designs for the Hungarian GP

Daniel Ricciardo revealed a new helmet for his Formula 1 return with AlphaTauri

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Daniel Ricciardo revealed his new Formula 1 helmet as he returns to the sport after replacing Nyck de Vries at AlphaTauri ahead of the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix.

So far he’s the only driver to make helmet news ahead of the race after a glut of special designs for the British GP may leave everyone needing a week off.

It’s certainly a bold design by the Australian but it’s divided opinion online, with a strange choice of colours especially given the flamed effect.

Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo‘s gone for a flaming design that’s significantly different from his previous lids.

Adorned with the team logo on the side, as is always the case for Red Bull drivers, it features a dark blue background with sand-coloured flames streaking up the side towards the back of the helmet.

Ricciardo‘s already launched one helmet already in 2023, when he ran a promotional video driving through the outback ahead of the Australian GP.

That whole design was roughly the same colour as the flames in his Hungarian GP helmet so Ricciardo’s seemingly gone for the ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ approach.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo drives in the Australian Outback ahead of the 2023 Australian Grand Prix | Graeme Murray/Red Bull Content Pool

It’s a step away from his previous Red Bull designs. Ricciardo drove in the Red Bull family for seven seasons after impressing in a half-season for HRT in 2011, and his helmets in that period tended to be more shape-based than showing a tangible object, as with the flames.

However, he’s also a huge fan of one-off designs. It’s almost a guarantee Ricciardo will be sporting a special helmet for at least one – if not both – remaining American GPs in 2023 and he could also make an effort for Monza, the site of his last F1 win in 2021.

Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull helmet for the 2023 F1 season | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

And it also won’t get mistaken for De Vries‘ now-redundant design either. The Dutchman had one of the better helmets of the grid in 2023 with an orange, blue and white number that did well to work around the constraints of fitting the AlphaTauri branding in.

The geometric edges are very different from the flames licking across Ricciardo‘s design, and in reality it might be a downgrade overall.

However, as long as Ricciardo can perform in the car that won’t bother AlphaTauri and Red Bull in the slightest.

Nyck de Vries’ AlphaTauri helmet for the 2023 Formula season | Peter Fox/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, and previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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