Felipe Massa's chrome helmet Hamilton's 'Senna tribute' helmet Barrichello's tribute to Senna

A number of drivers are sporting special helmet designs this weekend as the 2011 Formula 1 season is brought to a close.

Not surprisingly, several drivers are opting to pay special tributes to the late Ayrton Senna on the Brazilian’s home soil, with Lewis Hamilton and Rubens Barrichello both running Senna-esque colours on their helmets this weekend.

To celebrate his 100th Grand Prix for Ferrari, Felipe Massa has opted for a chrome treatment on his traditionally patriotic helmet design.

Kobayashi's helmet has been designed by a Linkin Park band memberBut the two best designs belong to Kamui Kobayashi and serial ‘special’ helmet wearer, Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Sauber’s Kobayashi has dispensed with his usual red/purple combination to model a special design created by American rock band Linkin Park, whose ‘Music for Relief’ fundraising group has already raised over US$5 million.

The Japanese driver met the band members during their visit to the Singapore Grand Prix, and they agreed to come with with his unique design to support Kobayashi’s fundraising efforts for victims of the March earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in his homeland.

“I’m really pleased that [band member] Joe Hahn has designed a helmet for me,” Kobayashi said. “I hope that we will be able to raise a lot of money for Music for Relief Liuzzi's chalkboard designto help rebuild my country.”

Liuzzi has teamed up with his helmet designers from KAOS and opted to run a chalkboard-inspired design.

The HRT driver’s lid can be custom-designed between runs by the Italian, allowing him to a more creative side this weekend.

“The possibility of customising your helmet how you want is something that has never been seen before in Formula 1 and something that I thought was quite fun to finish the season off,” he said when showing off his new design.

Liuzzi will sell his helmet on auction and donate all proceeds to the Senna Foundation, the charity set up in the Brazilian’s honour to raise funds to the country’s underprivileged children.

[Images via Sutton Images]

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