ME AND MY LID
The striking design of Alex Wurz’s final F1 helmet at Williams was all his own work, and that included painting it himself in his bathroom…
Alexander Wurz’s design inspiration
This has been my signature design since I was doing BMX when I was 12, and I’ve been painting my own helmets at home for nearly 20 years now. The blue on the top of the helmet represents the sky, the green at the bottom symbolizes earth and yellow at the front and back, sunrise and sunset. The red and white zigzags signify the Austrian flag.
The preparation of each step is very long – there’s lots of masking and cutting to do because of the many colours involved in the design. I take a blank helmet and then mark everything on the masking tape in pencil. Then I apply the colour layer by layer with spray paint (I do this in the bathroom). Sometimes I experiment with different effects within the colours. Then the last step – maybe the longest – is to do the black outlines with a brush.