Livery Mockups – 2017 F1 Helmet Liveries

I had some spare time over the summer break earlier this year and thought I’d mess around in Photoshop, to see which drivers’ helmet designs would translate well onto cars. Some fared better than others, while some I couldn’t get to work at all, which is why I don’t have a full ‘grid’ below. I’ve also made sure not to use any logos, which really accentuates the design. It’s helped me notice that while I love simple helmet designs, these end up looking the emptiest on an F1 car. Finally decided to post them up, so check them out below!

Fernando Alonso


The colours and design work well on a car for Alonso, and I haven’t had to stray much at all from the helmet. Colour distribution makes this look a lot more yellow than the helmet, but I don’t feel it suffers much for it.

Valtteri Bottas

Bottas v4

Love Valtteri’s helmet, but without sponsorship, the lack of detail leads to quite a plain livery. I don’t hate it, but would be very sponsor friendly!

Marcus Ericsson


Marcus added some sparkle this year, and while this isn’t my preference, made for a decent looking F1 livery. The lines seem to flow nicely along the car and look nice and aggressive.

Lewis Hamilton


Struggled to get Lewis’ design to ‘fit’ on a car, therefore, the three stripes do look quote chunky. Not my favourite, but I do look forward to the day that we see a metallic candy apple red/maroon car on the grid.

Nico Hulkenberg


While I kinda despise Huklenberg’s new helmet, which went from unique to awfully generic at the start of the season, it works pretty well on the car. Definitely helped by the white section on the airbox, even the circus tent pattern looks alright over the entire car.

Daniil Kvyat


Almost unrecognisable without the Red Bull logo! Side on helmet design is well suited to the car, and has an almost entirely different personality minus the sponsorship.

Kevin Magnussen


I have to say I never really paid attention to Magnussen’s helmet until I made this, but I’m glad I did, because it’s a great design despite being mostly silver/grey. The giant stylised K fits well on the engine cover and the colours are simple, but pop with the red. The stripey pattern makes for a good, subtle secondary design.

Felipe Massa


This is one that I thought would never worked, but is actually OK! The rear of the car is quite plain with the solid yellow, but toward the front, the hexagonal patterns are quite interesting. The design flows well along the nose.

Esteban OconOcon

This is slightly ruined by my lack of design skills, sourcing a picture of bubbles on the internet, but that aside, Ocon’s colour choice is quite basic and monotonous (I wonder if it will be back next year, it’s quite gimmicky I feel), but the design flows well enough along the body.

Jolyon Palmer


One of my favourites. Colour choice is slightly on and not entirely complementary, but the white stripe works really well, flowing effortlessly from the nose to the airbox. Nice little colour split from the top to the bottom as well.

Kimi Raikkonen


Whether it’s the design of my lack of artistic skills, this livery looks very disjointed on a car compared to Kimi’s helmet. Lots of lines jutting at different angles makes me a little uncomfortable!

Lance Stroll


What’s probably my favourite helmet looks a little boring on an F1 car! I’m sure I could have taken some liberties to spice this up a little, but going for realism leads to some lack of excitement.


Had a go at a few other helmets, but just couldn’t seem to get anything flowing for them. Let me know what you think of the above!

Livery Mockups – 2017 F1 Helmet Liveries

Livery Launch – Red Bull RB12

Red Bull launched the livery that will eventually adorn the RB12 today (presented on the RB11 today), which will be driven by Daniil Kvyat and the ever smiling Daniel Ricciardo, and boy have they gone for something different.

Red Bull 5

By something different, I mean within the limitations of the Red Bull branding. First and foremost, the paint over the entire car is matte. This is very bold and as far as I can recall, a first for the sport. I usually stuck to metallic or gloss paint in Need for Speed Underground 2, so matte paint doesn’t have me drooling or anything, but it’s definitely interesting and I wonder if there are any aerodynamic disadvantages to using it.

As for the colour, I’m not sure it is so much darker as it is less blue, perhaps a touch closer to purple on the hue scale. I also think that the fact it isn’t glossy makes it look a lot darker than it is. Another glaring change is the lack of white on the car, with the Red Bull logo as well as the bull on the engine cover void of their usual white bordering. Interestingly, the bull is outlined in yellow, where I feel no border at all would have created some pleasing uniformity in the design.

Red Bull 4

The red itself looks a little washed out in some pictures, but in others it really pops and that’s where I feel the artificial lighting lets down the reveal. Perhaps an outdoor launch would have been a better idea. Check out the quite intricate design on the front wing. A very nice touch. Actually, it could just be the Red Bull logo but only viewable from the front. Who knows!

There is a single red stripe leading from just in front of the sidepods, ending just about at the front suspension. This is a simple piece of design that serves to fill a blank space, but it certainly holds an eye catching purpose.

Red Bull 3

Last year’s livery was cluttered, messy and looked to be trying too hard, with too many colours. This year’s livery is the opposite. Clean and classy, whilst remaining interesting and almost eerily menacing. I have a feeling this will look damn good in natural light and I look forward to further high resolution pictures. This livery certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it gets a big tick from me, at least for a change in the right direction.

It is noteworthy that the drivers’ also seem to be using matte paint for their helmets. KvyatRicciardo

Livery Launch – Red Bull RB12