After years of waiting, Formula One racing is finally back in the United States, and while most drivers were focused on getting ready for the all-new Sebastian Vettel were both forced to make changes to their helmets before qualifying for the US Grand Prix according to Total F1.

USGP polesitter and season points leader Vettel's helmet had the words "gives you wings" written on the top of his helmet, which, as the motto for his Red Bull sponsor, goes against a Bernie Ecclestone rule that forbids advertising on top of racers' helmets. Total F1 says that this rule was made so as not to ruin the on-board camera view from above the driver.

Hamilton, on the other hand, was forced to alter his helmet due to the letters "H.A.M." painted on the back. While a casual observer might think this has something to do with his last name, these letters are actually an acronym for "hard as a mother******" which goes against the FIA's no-swearing policy. Both helmets were easily fixed with a little cover-up tape.

Be sure to also check out our Day 1 recap of the USGP race weekend.


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      ClementZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lol Hamilton is a boss.
      americanjunglist
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really? H.A.M.? I'm sure somebody had to ask what it even meant. Such inane BS.
      BombSquad
      • 2 Years Ago
      I stand corrected, I thought H.A.M. was slang for pork and stands for "hearty, awesome meat".
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Incredibly anal, party of Formula One? Your table is ready...
      Pdexter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hamilton at least got USA flag in top of his helmet. Just watched the race. :)
      Nick Allain
      • 2 Years Ago
      This was the first F1 race that I've ever watched. I thought it was phenomenal. Commentary was great and they did a good job of explaining things for us first time 'merican viewers. I enjoy the gamesmanship of the teams (like ferrari changing a seal on the transmission to modify their start position) and the drivers telling their teams to shut up. Oh, and the racing action was pretty great as well. Kudos to F1 for packing the stands in Austin - I may even try to get to next year's race.
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        Welcome to the sport. Lifelong fan here, been following F1 since the days of Jim Clark. Big LH fan, hope Mercedes Benz can give him a competitive next year.
      Silk
      • 2 Years Ago
      In many circles, HAM means High And Mighty. If it were the way F1 says, that would be HAAM. Someone failed at acronyms
      Devonblue4u
      • 2 Years Ago
      But MotoGP rider and former world champion Valentino Rossi can wear "WLF" on his racing suit, which in Italian stands for "Viva La Figara" (w being the 2 v's in viva). Since there are all ages viewing this, let's just say it has something to do with cats...
      b.leenky
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thanks for the spoiler warning about the pole sitter!!
      americanjunglist
      • 2 Years Ago
      From the gf; when asked he should've just said it was short for HAMilton.
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @americanjunglist
        ....which is exactly what his name acronym is on the standardized FIA F1 official live timing, believe or not :D
      M Snedker Jessen
      • 2 Years Ago
      "a Bernie Ecclestone rule that forbids advertising on top of racers' helmets. Total F1 says that this rule was made so as not to ruin the on-board camera view from above the driver" ehm question, as far as i remember from yesterday, when we saw onboard from Romain Grosjean he has written Total (Fuel company) on top of his helmet :S It was upside-down when watching camera, but still?
        M Snedker Jessen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @M Snedker Jessen
        Picture of helmet http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/lotu_gros_helmet_2012-5-886x619.jpg
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