When proud Scot Coulthard made it to F1 a Saltire un­sur­pris­ingly adorned his hel­met. The ori­gins of the de­sign go back a long way

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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!

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