Lewis Hamilton made to scrap one-off novelty helmet for Malaysian Grand Prix

Hamilton• Lewis Hamilton will not wear a novelty helmet for the Malaysian Grand Prix

• New FIA regulations state that a driver must have the same helmet design for the entirety of the campaign

• Sebastian Vettel, who has sported various helmet designs over his career, has branded the new ruling a ‘joke’

Lewis Hamilton had to abandon plans to wear a one-off helmet for this week’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

Regulations for the new season state that a driver must stick to the same helmet design for the entirety of the campaign.

Hamilton brought a different lid to the second installment of this year’s championship in Sepang, but despite showing it off at the back of the Mercedes garage, opted against wearing it.

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Hamilton, who overcame engine problems in the morning session to end the day top of the timesheets, said: ‘I had a special helmet made this weekend to celebrate Petronas and Malaysia as I love this race, but due to the FIA’s new rule of not allowing drivers to change their helmet designs, I cannot wear it.’

The FIA installed the new regulation for drivers to be easily identified by the sport’s fans and track-side spectators.

The controversial ruling was however, branded a ‘joke’ by four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel who has sported various different helmet designs throughout his career.

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Meanwhile, Mercedes have paid tribute to the victims of this week’s devastating plane crash.

Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg are sporting a black ribbon on their Mercedes wing mirror at this weekend’s race in Malaysia in memory of the 150 people who died when a German Wings plane crashed en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf on Tuesday.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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