Helmet jinx

Let’s try and forget about all the FOTA/FIA/WTF squabbling for a few days and talk about what we’re actually here for: racing.

First practice got underway this morning for the German Grand Prix and that ‘bloody nice bloke mate’ Mark Webber went the fastest in his Red Bull.

His teammate Sebastian Vettel didn’t fare so well though, with some kind of mechanical fault stopping his car on-track mid-session.

In fact, none of the local drivers had a good time this morning, which helps prove my theory about one-off helmet designs – I reckon special, one-off lids are a big fat jinx on the drivers’ performance.

Jenson Button did pretty badly by his current standards at the British GP the other week with a different-colour head and this morning Sebastian Vettel, Nick Heidfeld and Timo Glock only managed eighth, 11th and 19th respectively with special designs.

Reckon my bash-hat superstition is right? Or can they overturn it this afternoon?

wurthAnd isn’t it cool to see Würth on the Toyota rear wing end plates? It actually makes Glock and Trulli’s cars look good for the first time ever.

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Say… Glock & Trulli’s cars looked good all this year, they just added a rose to the tuxedo right now!

& as for the “one-off” matter, i gotta agree… i mean, i like glock & his driving style alot, but with a new racing engineer, the pressure of it being his home race, & the special designed helmet; all ads up to the struggling he’s in.

Well… at least Trulli is doing good, & the car is reliable & fast again!

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i agree with J-2

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I think it was Eddie Jordan who mentioned a few weeks ago how race helmet colours used to be sacrosanct but now they get changed all the time and it’s all a bit gimmicky. I think there’s some truth in the theory, Jamie, many race drivers are superstitious by nature and the thought of changing anything to the routine may well put them off. Forget the hype and marketing and keep the same style guys.

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remmber me irish stif me met at hte christmad do last year i agree we all keep the same helmet and we are the best drivers……….. in the worlddddd

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that failed should have checked the spelling :|

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It is a good theory but second session proved better.

Maybe they where crap because of the crowds or else it could be that the new helmets have been made out of cursed Kevlar or whatever they are made out of

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@ my welsh cousin, how could i forget?!

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Statistically, a driver changing his helmet design will have zero effect on his performance in the race – and, of course, it’s impossible to know if had he raced in a helmet in his normal design whether it would have made any difference.

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@ my other cousins, We dont need some special helmets to go fast. The paint is too heavy anyway.

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Ya’ll just a bunch a hippies! Racin’ in them there import piles o’ junk! I gonna go watch me some NASCAR! Yerrrr!

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One racer that can easily debunk the changing helmet theory is Valentino Rossi.

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but his talent outweighs the effect of the jinx!

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So, Glock is last on the grid…

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What’s rather more notable than the ‘Wurth’ logo is that, according to the message on the airbox, you’re apparently a bit ‘Denso’ if you buy a Toyota…..

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Strange… :/

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