Jean-Eric Vergne helmet, Toro Rosso, Monaco, 2013

Drivers change helmet designs for Monaco weekend

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Jean-Eric Vergne helmet, Toro Rosso, Monaco, 2013

As has become a tradition in Monaco, several drivers have swapped their regular helmet designs for different variations.

Two of them are sporting designed used by past drivers. Kimi Raikkonen is using a designed styled on that used by James Hunt as he did last year.

Meanwhile Jean-Eric Vergne is using a helmet close in design to that worn by Francois Cevert. This year will see the 40th anniversary of Cevert’s death.

Sebastian Vettel rarely passes up an opportunity to change his helmet design. is Monaco helmet includes a picture of Stirling Moss winning the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, famously resisting pressure from the chasing Ferraris for much of the race.

The rear of Vettel’s helmet design features a pin-up girl whose clothes become more transparent when the helmet gets warmer.

Fernando Alonso is using a gold coloured helmet similar to that he wore at this race last season and Paul di Resta is using a special design with a playing cards theme.

Finally, Pastor Maldonado’s references Williams’ troubled start to the season with the slogan “No points no party”. It also features a picture of the patron saint of Monaco, Saint Devota, after whom the first corner on the circuit is named.

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  1. Mark McDonald
    24th May 2013, 5:32

    Vergne’s Cevert helmet is streets ahead of everyone! I love those simple, bold designs from the 70’s and 80’s. The colour schemes seem to get busier every year.

  2. why do drivers always change helmets at monaco? is it for safety reasons?

    1. No, it’s just purely because it is “the jewel in the crown” of the F1 calendar and so a good opportunity to showcase new (or commemorative) designs, as it attracts the most media attention!

    2. They normally auction them off for charity. There are loads of events going on around the Monaco GP and plenty of rich people who will happily part with vast sums of money for some F1 memorabilia.

  3. From all of his Monaco helmets; this has to hamiltons worst. At least now I know what the controlled environment of McLaren is good for.

    1. Made me laugh! Thanx

  4. JEV’s design is fresh, yet retro at the same time. Inspiring.

    1. I totally agree with you! I like the clean lines and the combination of colors! It looks fresh!

    1. Checo’s is great. Captures the spirit of Monaco the place

    2. I think that’s pretty ghastly as well actually: the colours are far too luminescent!

      1. They’re a variant of his standard helmet colours. I think the rear design is nice. Very “Live and Let Die”!

      2. I don’t particularly like Ricciardo’s and I definitely don’t like Hamilton’s either, but the rest are all pretty nice (I like the novelty of Vettel’s, but Vergne’s wins it).

  5. is saying that Bernie has told Kimi to ditch his Hunt tribute helmet.

    Not sure as to why but there is some speculation about it being an unintentional advertisement for the movie “Rush” or that it obstructs the camera. Either way, extra kudos to Kimi and minus points for Bernie (if it’s true of course)!

    1. It’s true, Lotus has confirmed the story. Apparently the text is visible in the onboard camera directly on top of the rollhoop, and that is forbidden.

      1. Black tape it is then…

      2. @Kaiie, I have added a link to a (Kimi-fan) FB page who translated information on that from a finnish newspaper in my comment above, could you check the link to the likely source of that (its in Finnish, I just scanned for key words :-o ).

        1. Yup, it’s legit.

  6. My favorite is Daniel Ricciardo’s helmet. I like the color scheme and the vintage Monaco branding on top. the font reminds me of old 1960s tourism posters for Monaco.

    I also like the vintage touch on Sebastian Vettel’s helmet. The pinup girl at the back wasn’t too bad.

    Fernando Alonso’s helmet on the other hand is too garish for my taste. there’s just too much gold happening there.

  7. I hope this generation of drivers do realise off course, that in 20 or 30 years the youngster-drivers thén will have no way to pay tribute to a Vettel, a Hamilton, a Kimi or a JEV because there will be no distinguished design for them to use…

    The helmet of a driver used to be his brand mark, his icon, and was always recognizable, also at 350 kph! Unfortunately that is no longer the case.

  8. Wow, Alonso with a golden helmet in Monaco, what a surprise. I certainly didn’t see that one coming.

  9. how come Hamilton and Vettel switched helmet (Hamilton with his standard yellow helmet, Vettel with a silver one) for qualifying? Is it because of the rain that switched to helmets with clear visor? I think the weekend was forecasted to be sunny one, all the special helmets were made with tinted visors.. Just wondering why…

    1. F1 drivers generally don’t change the visors; they have different helmets with different tint visors on them, so instead of changing visors, they change helmets.

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