Face masks are one of the must-have items this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Motorsport team members are required to wear them when attending races and the action-packed Formula 1 races of 2020 have arguably helped normalise their use.
Impressive amounts of research and development have been spent by some, creating bespoke face mask designs.
We have profiled the motorsport-branded masks you can buy right now.
McLaren We Race As One Team Mask – £35
By far the fanciest and most advanced offering to date, McLaren has pulled out all the stops for this face mask.
It features a replaceable biotech filter element, said to deliver protection equivalent to an FFP3 mask. The filters last for up to 200 hours, with replacements available to order.
The biggest selling point is that this is the exact face mask worn by Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr. on race weekends.
Expensive, yes, but also the best you can buy right now.
Williams Racing Face Covering – £8
In the spirit of motorsport evolution, the mask offered by Williams Racing is now into a second generation.
The ‘new and improved’ model is said to offer better quality construction, along with an enhanced fit.
Despite the improvements, it still remains something of a bargain compared to other masks.
Renault F1 Team Fabric Mask – £4.49
Big enough to hide even Daniel Ricciardo’s ever-present smile, Renault has a choice of two offerings for its washable face mask range.
We have gone with the racier ‘Renault DP World F1 Team’ version, finished in the distinctive black and yellow livery.
Available to pre-order now, Renault is also selling the masks in bundles of five and ten. Like the other teams, profits will be donated to charity.
Formula 1 Face Covering – £18
If you cannot bring yourself to pick a team to support, why not opt for the official Formula 1 face covering instead.
Branded with the F1 logo and 70th anniversary script, these are sold as a pack of three.
It is available to buy from the official F1 store, along with alternative designs also in stock.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas – TBC
The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team may be dominating on the track at present, but there is no official face mask option in the team shop yet.
As an alternative, there is the option of the Silver Arrows Monopoly board game. Perfect for passing the time whilst waiting for the next F1 race to happen.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing – TBC
Red Bull Racing are renowned for producing high-quality team merchandise, but a branded face mask is not one of the options on sale.
There is plenty of replica teamwear, and a Red Bull Racing team mug, on offer though.
Scuderia Ferrari – TBC
The time Michael Schumacher spent at Ferrari saw the famed Italian brand launch a huge array of merchandise. Today, the range is still extensive, but Ferrari face masks have not yet made it to the online shop.
As an alternative, you can purchase the rear spoiler taken from Ruben Barrichello’s F2004 F1 car. Yours for just £15,000. No word on how well it prevents the spread of viruses though.
U-Mask Model 2 – €39
Although many F1 teams might not be offering official face masks, at the track many of them are using the U-Mask Model 2.
Essentially the same as the McLaren Team Mask, it uses a removable and replaceable filter to offer FFP3-level protection.
It might not be cheap, but it does come in a range of colours that seem suspiciously similar to those used by leading F1 teams…
Alfa Romeo Racing Face Mask – €12
Alfa Romeo Racing’s branded face mask is a slightly simpler affair, but still features a three-layer construction.
It does meet the 100 OEKO-TEX standard, meaning that every component used in making the mask is free from harmful substances.
The external surface comes with a bacteriostatic coating, designed to stop bacteria from multiplying. Not bad, for a relatively low price from the official Alfa Romeo store.
Kimi by West Coast Choppers Mask – €9.95
Somewhat predictably, Kimi Räikkönen prefers to do his own thing when it comes to wearing a face mask. Instead of the Alfa Romeo version, he wears this special covering from his collection made with West Coast Choppers.
Kimi met Jesse James, the famous founder of the West Coast Chopper brand after winning the 2018 U.S. Grand Prix. This led to a collaboration to produce a wide range of custom motorbike-inspired merchandise, featuring the Finnish driver’s name and racing number.
Made with a pocket to house a replaceable filter, this is the mask Kimi can be seen wearing on race weekends.
Kwik Fit BTCC Face Mask – £6
If Formula 1 is not your style, keep things closer to home with the official 2020 face mask of the British Touring Car Championship.
With a two-ply construction, it is said to be both breathable and antibacterial.
BTCC Face Masks – £6
The 2020 BTCC season has seen plenty of close battles, meaning that showing your support for your favourite team is even more important..
Merchandise supplier Dread has branded face masks for a range of teams, including WSR Team BMW and Speedworks Team Toyota GB.
Halfords Yuasa Racing Mask – £10
Should you be a fan of the Team Dynamics duo of Matt Neal and Dan Cammish, this may be the face mask for you.
Produced by official team supplier Harlequin Teamwear, the face mask matches the design used across the Halfords Yuasa Racing merchandise.
Paying £10 gets you two masks, with £20 bagging an entire week’s worth of five masks.
NASCAR FOCO Face Covering – $24.99
Rubbin’ is racing in NASCAR, but you still need to keep a safe social distance when it comes to the pit road and paddock.
Thankfully, there is a massive range of face masks and coverings to buy from the official NASCAR store. This includes many of the drivers involved in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series, along with this three-pack.
All proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated to the NASCAR Foundation, intended to benefit response efforts.
Ford Performance Camo Mask – £8.97
Ford has expanded its lifestyle collection to include a trio of face mask coverings. There is a classic blue one, and a neat Mustang-badged version. However, we really like this mask finished in the Ford Performance camouflage design.
Should you really want to coordinate, Ford offers other accessories like a beanie hat, rucksack, and mug in the same style.
This mask should be washable up to 50 times, and Ford will also be selling them in weekly packs with a carrying case.
M-Sport Flex Face Mask – £10
Not only is this face mask useful for protecting against viruses, M-Sport also points out that it is great for spectating on dusty rally stages, too!
The Cumbria-based motorsport outfit has taken no shortcuts with this mask, which is made by Treehouse Health. It is constructed with HeiQ Viroblock technology, which is said to kill viruses within minutes.
Should you really like the design, and the tech, discounts are available for bulk orders.
MotoGP Camo Face Covering – £11.90
The official MotoGP store has a number of different face masks on offer, but this camouflage design makes the biggest impact.
Washable and reusable, the three-layer construction has a waterproof finish.
Blipshift Pink Pig Mask – $16
Dive deeper into the internet and there are numerous face masks with unofficial brand logos and names on them. However, there are also plenty of impressive coverings that have been inspired by motorsport legends.
This particular face mask, sold by American enthusiast site Blipshift, takes inspiration from the infamous Porsche 917/20 ‘Pink Pig’ racing car.
It is a rather niche reference, so be prepared for questions should you wear it to the supermarket.
The Art of Car 1965 Shelby Daytona GT – $18
Another American website, The Art of Car, has a host of face masks that pay homage to road and racing classics.
Even offered in youth sizes, we are quite taken with the Shelby Daytona GT design. It comes with two-layer polyester construction, and can be washed and reused.
Martini Face Mask – $16
California-based Striipe Design has taken on a number of classic motorsport liveries and designs to produce some impressive face masks.
Inspired by, arguably, one of the best racing sponsorship efforts, this mask pays tribute to the Porsches, Lancias, and others that raced with Martini branding.
Volkswagen fans may also be interested in a version inspired by the Interlagos check seat trim found inside many GTI models.