Infiniti launches design contest for helmet worn by Vettel at US Grand Prix

Article by Anita Panait, on September 6, 2013

Infiniti has launched an exclusive contest to design the helmet that will be used by three-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel at the US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Vettel will personally choose the winning entry. He is expected to wear this helmet as he tackles practice sessions on November 15 and takes part in the qualifying session on November 16.

The contest winner and a friend will have the privilege to enjoy a VIP weekend at the US Grand Prix with Infiniti as well as meet the triple world champion in person. For those interested to join the contest, they are instructed to submit their designs directly to the Infiniti competition Web site at infiniti-gp.com/competition/vettel-austin-helmet.

The design can be done employing a user-friendly application on the site. For those who prefer hands-on designing, they just have to download the helmet template and then draw their design on paper. Interested participants who want to use their own design applications can use them for their entry.

Participants have until 7:59 a.m. ET on September 29 to submit their entries, which will be judged the next day, September 30.  At age 26, Vettel is the youngest ever three-time F1 world champion and could be on his way to his fourth crown as he has the lead at the 2013 Formula One World Championship.

Vettel was named this year as Infiniti’s Director of Performance and has since been involved in the development of the new Q50 and the Q30 Concept. Vettel is well known for using a different helmet design for every race. He remarked that each of his helmets has a special meaning or a connection with the race on hand; noting that this will be the first time that he has given his fans the chance to come up with a new design for his race helmet.

Commenting on the competition, Sebastian Vettel said: “The helmets I wear are very important to me, as each one has a special meaning or a connection with the race in question. Normally I work closely with my helmet designer to come up with a new design for every other race, and this is the first time I’ve given the fans the chance to do it for me. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!” [source: Infiniti]

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