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VIDEO! The story behind Ayrton Senna’s iconic helmet

Ayrton Senna’s bright yellow helmet with its green and blue stripes was one of the most iconic designs in Formula 1.

It was designed by fellow Brazilian Sid Mosca of Sid Special Paint in 1980, featuring Brazil’s national colours. With only minor changes to the shade of the yellow, the occasional black stripe replacing the dark blue and sponsor decals, Senna used the helmet design throughout his Formula 1 career from 1984 to his tragic death in 1994.

Senna won three Formula 1 world championships with McLaren in 1988, 1990 and 1991 and won the Adelaide Grand Prix in 1991 and 1993, the latter his 41st and final grand prix win.

Sid Special Paint continues to produce replica Senna helmets for the Ayrton Senna Institute, which works to help underprivileged youth in Brazil.

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