Vergne using Jean Alesi tribute helmet in Monaco

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Jean-Eric Vergne's Monaco Grand Prix helmet, 2012

Jean-Eric Vergne is using Jean Alesi’s helmet design for the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

The Toro Rosso driver’s helmet has been designed to match that of Alesi, who last raced in F1 in 2001.

Alesi is making his debut in the Indianapolis 500 this weekend. Vergne said: “I had thought it would be great to go and watch Jean race in Indy, but then came the news I was driving for Toro Rosso and of course that meant a clash with Monaco.

“But I was still determined to do something special to mark Jean?s Indy debut and so we came up with the idea, which is quite common here in Monaco in fact, of me using a special design in tribute to him. I think it looks great and I hope it brings us both good luck this weekend.”

The helmet includes the slogan “Forza Jean Indy 500 2012″.

Another driver using a former driver’s helmet design this weekend is Kimi Raikkonen, who has a design based on that of 1976 world champion James Hunt.

Fernando Alonso is also using a special helmet design this weekend.

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33 comments on Vergne using Jean Alesi tribute helmet in Monaco

  1. davros said on 24th May 2012, 11:24

    That’s beautiful. It’s a real shame that Jean has to use the slow Lotus engine, he can do nothing but run at the back.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 24th May 2012, 11:47

      Yeah I expect he and de Silvestro with the other Lotus won’t last long in the race before they’re black-flagged for being too slow.

      • StefMeister (@stefmeister) said on 24th May 2012, 12:40

        Sadly I suspect this will be the case. In the race drivers cannot be consistently 105% slower than the fastest speeds & based off practice speeds both Lotus powered cars will fall outside that.

        A shame for Alesi as considering he has never been on an oval before, Had never sat in an Indycar before & was driving for a team that’s only existed about a week he was quickly upto speed & able to match & regularly go faster than the other Lotus of Simona De Silvestro.

  2. sennaboy3 (@sennaboy3) said on 24th May 2012, 11:46

    Keith,

    Any chance of getting similar shots of Raikkonen’s Hunt tribute? I love these guys paying homage to the older drivers.

  3. dennis (@dennis) said on 24th May 2012, 11:58

    I wish these simple, yet beautiful designs would come back. Schumacher, Hill, Berger, Senna…………….. All simple yet iconic designs.

    The current generation of drivers constantly annoys with a huge cluster**** of colours and visual overload.

    *I’m looking at you Sebastian Vettel*
    But he’s not the only offender.

    • sennaboy3 (@sennaboy3) said on 24th May 2012, 12:15

      agreed Sir.

    • Meander (@meander) said on 24th May 2012, 13:06

      x3

      I think back then it was harder to have a (computer designed) layout, so they kept it fairly simple – simple and iconic.

    • Pamphlet (@pamphlet) said on 24th May 2012, 13:23

      You whine too much. Just because something is older doesn’t mean it’s better looking. The BGP-001 is an example of something new, yet simple, that worked extremely well. This is equally as good.

      • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 24th May 2012, 14:23

        @pamphlet

        Wonder how you come with the assumption that he was “whining” about modern designs… He said the simple helmet designs are a lot better looking and much more “personal” than the current “frashy” designs some drivers wear.

        Exactly the same reason why the Brawn looked good. It had simple lines, simple design… nothing extravagant, yet classy.

      • dennis (@dennis) said on 25th May 2012, 7:40

        @pamphlet

        You must have fallen asleep at the computer and dreamed about something I didn’t actually write…

  4. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 24th May 2012, 13:34

    SO beautiful!!!!

    Really… those simples designs were brilliant…. with all the flashy stuff they do now, this looks just right.

  5. Pamphlet (@pamphlet) said on 24th May 2012, 13:45

    Gorgeous.

  6. Fixy (@fixy) said on 24th May 2012, 15:19

    Great to see that great helmet back, but I think the reason is too little!

    • Pamphlet (@pamphlet) said on 24th May 2012, 15:42

      @fixy – Not necessarily. According to the Toro Rosso twitter feed Alesi has known Vergne since he was little, so with the former making a return it’s only natural for the latter to honor that. And they’re both named Jean.

      • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 25th May 2012, 0:47

        @pamphlet: Not only that. Alesi was the captain of the French Federation project to raise young talents, while JEV was one of the prospects. Ever since then, they speak frequently with Alesi giving JEV guidance and they are on very friendly terms.

        • Fixy (@fixy) said on 25th May 2012, 18:01

          I don’t doubt Vergne estimates Alesi a lot, but the occasion, a simple debut in another series, despite being a very famous event, isn’t so important, and Alesi has no chance to win.
          For example, it’d have been more obvious had Alesi won the Indy 500 before this helmet was used.
          But I don’t mean to sound moaning, I’m glad it’s back.

  7. Borat Sagdiyev said on 24th May 2012, 15:21

    Jean Alesi helmet look exactly like Elio De Angelis’s.

    • spgreen said on 24th May 2012, 16:50

      Alesi copied it in tribute to Elio.

    • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 25th May 2012, 0:52

      Yes, since it’s a tribute to Elio but it’s not exactly the same. Elio’s helmet was pure white with the black and red lines. Alesi added the blue circle on the top to symbolize the tricolour of France.

  8. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 24th May 2012, 22:29

    That looks really good! Let’s hope it does bring them both some good fortune, Toro Rosso have been pretty quiet since Melbourne.

  9. arutun said on 12th November 2012, 21:15

    when will i be able to buy this helmet?
    and where?
    what is the price?

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