Hamilton F1 helmet design competition gets over 8,000 entries

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The competition to design Lewis Hamilton's helmet for the upcoming 2017 season has received more than 8,000 entries, the three-time Formula One world champion has revealed.

Hamilton used a predominantly yellow helmet during his early career before switching to a white and red design ahead of the 2014 campaign. Hamilton announced the competition two weeks ago, asking fans to come up with their own design for him to choose from.

The Briton took to his Instagram account to thank fans for taking part and said he hopes to reveal the winning design in the coming days.

Not only will the winner see their design run by Hamilton throughout 2017, they will also receive a full-sized replica signed by the Mercedes driver.

Once Hamilton has selected his favourite livery, he must keep it for the entire season, although -- in line with F1's regulations -- he will be allowed to make a one-off change at a race of his choosing.