Lewis Hamilton is the first driver to have been affected by the FIA’s new rule preventing drivers from altering their helmet designs.
The reigning world champion planned to use a special helmet design for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, but says he will not do so because of the rule which was introduced for this season.
“I had a special helmet made this weekend to celebrate Petronas and Malaysia as I love this race,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram, “but due to the FIA’s new rule of not allowing drivers to change their helmet designs, I cannot wear it”.
Drivers are required to use a helmet “in substantially the same livery at every event during a championship season”.
Hamilton, who won last year’s Malaysian Grand Prix, sported his usual helmet design during the first practice session but stopped with an engine problems on his fourth lap.
2015 Malaysian Grand Prix
Images via Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes on Twitter