Raikkonen wears James Hunt-style helmet in Monaco

2012 Monaco Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen's James Hunt helmet, Monaco, 2012Jean-Eric Vergne is not the only driver using a helmet style borrowed from one of his F1 predecessors this weekend.

Kimi Raikkonen used the helmet design of one of his fellow world championship winners during practice in Monaco today.

The Lotus driver wore the black helmet design used by James Hunt, world champion in 1976.

It’s not the first time Raikkonen has acknowledged the legacy of Hunt, who died in 1993. Shortly before his debut for Ferrari in 2007 Raikkonen entered a snowmobile race using ‘James Hunt’ as a pseudonym.

Meanwhile Raikkonen has been refused permission to compete in the Rally of Finland by Lotus team principal Eric Boullier.

Presumably someone at Enstone will now be tasked with keeping as eye on the rally’s entry list for the appearance of another ‘James Hunt’…

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34 comments on Raikkonen wears James Hunt-style helmet in Monaco

  1. JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 25th May 2012, 9:00

    Rallying outside of the season is one thing, but during the summer break is just far too risky even without their recent history with Kubica. It’s not unrealistic to imagine Kimi still in the title hunt by that point of the season.

  2. scribbler (@scribbler) said on 25th May 2012, 10:42

    Iv’e just realise that i have got Kimi wrong all these years. I thought he was boring and mechanical sort of person. Where as after doing a bit of diging he’s quite a charismatic, deep and respectfull sort of bloke who doesn’t suffer fools but likes to enjoy life in the fast lane. His statement the otherday when he was asked some technical guff “what you think i am and engineer or something” made me proper belly laugh. He is completely misunderstood and i feel bad now for disliking him all these years. The nod to James Hunt seams to make perfect sense now.

    • adas said on 25th May 2012, 15:12

      the media enjoy having a go at him because he will never bother to defend himself no matter what the journalist wrote about him~~ the real f1 fans will know the true kimi~~

    • sloth said on 26th May 2012, 7:59

      You got it :-)

  3. Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 25th May 2012, 16:05

    “looking for another James Hunt.”
    Hehe that was great.

    Kimi really is one of a kind, by far the most interesting driver in the field. Everyone seems to think he will be our 6th different winner this year. I hope they are right. 7 years ago he made a chump out of Alonso in qualifying and ran away from the field, leading every lap of the race. I don’t think that is possible with the Pirelli tires, but if anyone can do it, Kimi can.

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