An effect on Sebastian Vettel's new helmet livery for 2009 is a world first, the Red Bull driver has told the Cologne newspaper Express.

An effect on Sebastian Vettel's new helmet livery for 2009 is a world first, the Red Bull driver has told the Cologne newspaper Express.

In switching from Toro Rosso to Red Bull's senior formula one team this year, the 21-year-old German wanted to mark the occasion with a tweaked version of his usual helmet design.

Vettel's new helmet retains the basic Red Bull drinks can look, but now features flashes of yellows, purples and pinks.

He told Express that these flashes change colour depending on their exposure to light and heat.

"It's my disco helmet," he joked. "I have a friend (helmet livery designer Jens Munser) who helped me with the design."

Munser also collaborated with Nick Heidfeld for the BMW-Sauber driver's new green helmet livery.

 

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