Inside Motorsports Vol. 1 2018/Q1 - Part I - Page 11

Hel met of t he er a hist or y and Anal yzis As For mul a 1 became f ast er and f ast er , r aci ng hel met s had t o become mor e moder n as wel l . Ful l f ace hel met s got wi del y adapt ed by F1 dr i ver s, and vi sor s appear ed. The hel met of t he '70s i s t he Fat her of al l moder n r aci ng hel met s, t he out si de became har der t o br eak, i t was made f r om pl ast i c. The i nner si de was made f r om sof t mat er i al s t o make i t mor e comf or t abl e t o wear . For oxygen suppl y a pi pe was i ncl uded whi ch was oper at i onal i n case of f i r e as wel l . Thi s was a huge st ep f or war d r egar di ng head pr ot ect i on, on t he ot her hand, Tom Pr yce's deat h pr oved, t hat i t 's f ar f r om per f ect . '70s was a r eal l y exper i ment al per i od: dr i ver s t r i ed t o use a so cal l ed 'di r t y mask' t o pr ot ect t hemsel ves even mor e f r om f i r e, whi ch was one of t he l eader s on t he cause of deat h l i st . 1970's: Emer son Fit t ipal di's Hel met