Helmet Designer competition: Winner chosen
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Nick and Jens Munser have reached their decision: Tamás Simon from Hungary has won the Helmet Designer competition and will present Nick with this very special item of headgear at the Nürburgring.
 
 
By Michael Oellers

Nick and his longstanding personal designer Jens Munser were faced with the tough task of selecting just one outright winner from the more than 9,000 entries to this competition. On Tuesday of this week, Nick's official website at www.nickheidfeld.com posted a gallery of the eleven designs that had appealed to him most out of all those submitted. "In the end, it was very difficult to limit the finalists to ten. That's why we decided to go for a shortlist of eleven,” explained Nick at the time.

From these eleven, Nick has now selected his absolute favourite – helmet number 4478 created by Tamás Simon from Szombathely in Hungary. "This helmet stood out from all the rest. In fact, as soon as I saw it, I thought that it was a likely winner,” said Nick, explaining his final choice. "My immediate impression was…'Wow!'. And I think this design is just perfect for a one-off occasion. Jens Munser and friends of mine also thought the helmet was super. We looked at all 9,000-plus entries several times and a couple of the final eleven came quite close – but in the end, we were sure we'd made the right choice.”

Professional helmet designer Munser was also impressed by what he has seen: "Tamás Simon has come up with a great idea. That's why it immediately caught our attention. A lot of time and effort has gone into the creation of this helmet. At the same time, it wasn't easy for us to pick out a winner, as there were so many great designs.”

Munser is bowled over by the unique nature of the basic idea: "I've never seen a helmet design like this before, either for a racing driver or for an ordinary motorcyclist. The design is made up exclusively of circles which are so subtly arranged that you only become aware of this on closer inspection. Even so, Tamás has managed to introduce plenty of individual elements. The use of colour and the contrast between light and dark sections is also very effective.”

"Although the design is essentially abstract, when seen from a distance, it still appears to contain concrete elements,” continues Munser. "The design has clearly been influenced by technology; with its linked spherical shapes, it is highly reminiscent of the arms and joints of industrial robots. This visual effect was clearly intentional and makes the helmet all the more interesting.” However, he sees it involving a lot more work for himself: "For me as a professional, this design will be one of the hardest to realise. Most of the other entries would have been far more straightforward to implement. Still, I relish the challenge.”

But Munser is not only delighted with the winning design: "I think it's remarkable what you, the fans, have been able to achieve with this fairly basic tool. In my opinion, you have performed minor miracles. As a professional, I'm accustomed to working with my own sophisticated applications. But what you have accomplished with the limited functionality available is sensational.”
 
The lucky winner Tamás Simon was ecstatic when we rang to tell him that his entry had been chosen by Nick and that he would be a special guest at the Nürburgring: "Oh my God! I don't believe it. I'm over the moon. This is simply fantastic. It is really such a tremendous honour to design this very special helmet for Nick. It's hard to put it in words. I'm a big fan of the BMW Sauber F1 team. As someone who knows something about cars, I really rate BMW.”

Tamás Simon will visit the paddock on Friday 10th July before the first free practice session gets underway and will present the helmet to Nick in the BMW Sauber F1 motorhome. After Sunday's race, the helmet will be donated to the RTL charity 'Wir helfen Kindern' as part of this year's telemarathon fundraising event. The helmet is to be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to this good cause. Bidding will commence on Friday 10th July at the Golf Grand Prix evening event to be held in the new Eifeldorf at the Nürburgring. Thereafter, you can also submit bids by e-mail to auktion@spendenmarathon.de.