ME AND MY LID
When proud Scot Coulthard made it to F1 a Saltire unsurprisingly adorned his helmet. The origins of the design go back a long way
David Coulthard on his saltire helmet design
My original helmet design was done in 1982 by a guy called Brian Smith, who my father used to sponsor in long-circuit karting. He’d retired after an accident at Cadwell Park and was now acting as my mechanic. I did my first race with just a white helmet, then the next time out I got it out of the bag and found he’d painted a Saltire on it – with ‘Budgie’ written on the front. That was my nickname…
I kept the basic design throughout my whole racing career, although it went through a few modifications. At Williams the Segafredo logos weren’t especially well integrated into the flag – the ‘halo’ Mclaren came up with later was more elegant. But then again Frank Williams had been to a Catholic boarding school in Scotland and always liked to have a little bit of fun at the expense of the Scots!