Drivers sport special helmets for Monaco weekend

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Adrian Sutil helmet, Sauber, Monte-Carlo, 2014It’s now a common feature of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend for many of the drivers to choose a special helmet design.

Retro helmet styles are a frequent favourite and Marcus Ericsson has not disappointed. His helmet is a copy of the style used by fellow Swede Ronnie Peterson, marking his Monaco Grand Prix victory of 40 years ago.

Ericsson, who like Peterson was born in Orebro County, is even using Peterson’s original helmet bag this weekend.

Daniel Ricciardo is also paying tribute to one of his countrymen. His helmet bears the message “Sir Jack Brabham, 1926 – 2014″, in honour of Australia’s three-times world champion who died earlier this week.

Inevitably his team mate Sebastian Vettel also has a special helmet design – albeit a more sober one than his racy pin-up design from last year.

The Sauber drivers Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil are sporting distinctive designs created by Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto as part of a campaign for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.

Sutil helmet has already been sold at auction while Gutierrez’s will be sold online via Charity Buzz.

2014 Monaco Grand Prix special helmets in pictures

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35 comments on Drivers sport special helmets for Monaco weekend

  1. HiPn0tIc (@hipn0tic) said on 22nd May 2014, 22:02

    Keith i just asked you that Thank’s…Love Vette’s and Ericsson’s…

  2. danny11 (@danny11) said on 22nd May 2014, 22:08

    Nice, thanks Kieth.

  3. sato113 (@sato113) said on 22nd May 2014, 22:15

    love ericsonn’s

  4. Shrieker (@shrieker) said on 22nd May 2014, 22:21

    Sutil lsd lol

  5. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 22nd May 2014, 22:25

    I nearly puked watching Sauber driver’s helmets!

  6. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 22nd May 2014, 22:34

    Love them all ! not a fan of changing helmets but they all look good !

  7. omarR-pepper said on 22nd May 2014, 22:42

    Vettel’s helmets are usually good, but from time to time, as this time, they are really awesome!!! He should stay with that design for a bunch of races… well, we know he won’t.

  8. kRoF said on 22nd May 2014, 22:47

    ericssons helmet is the best, retro style

  9. icemangrins (@icemangrins) said on 22nd May 2014, 23:15

    Seb is going to be a Tin Man officially this weekend

  10. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 22nd May 2014, 23:21

    Vettel’s helmet… just fantastic!

  11. Neil (@neilosjames) said on 23rd May 2014, 1:05

    I think I’d let the Saubers past rather than spend a whole race seeing those things in my mirrors.

  12. schooner (@schooner) said on 23rd May 2014, 1:12

    I’ve always liked the simple and distinctive helmet designs the best, and Ericsson’s homage to Ronnie Peterson’s old lid is really nice.

  13. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 23rd May 2014, 1:49

    The two Sauber drivers have probably got the two ugliest designs in helmet history.

  14. Mashiat (@mashiat) said on 23rd May 2014, 3:42

    What about Alonso? Doesn’t he usually sport a golden and white helmet in Monaco every year?

  15. RV (@zenren) said on 23rd May 2014, 6:07

    don’t see Kimi’s helmet in the list. Is he not continuing the tradition of paying tribute to James Hunt this year?

    Luca might not be happy with one of his drivers wearing Hunt’s helmet. Going with Kimi’s reputation, he could very well tell Luca – “I don’t care if you don’t like it as long as I like it”

  16. Bobby (@f1bobby) said on 23rd May 2014, 7:18

    Sauber’s helmets look cool!

  17. Mayank (@mjf1fan) said on 23rd May 2014, 9:19

    I dunno why but every time I see Esteban’s helmet, it looks girlish to me. And Seb has really cool helmet this time around.

  18. Arki (@arki19) said on 23rd May 2014, 11:46

    Helmet changes largely seem rather needless and self-indulgent to me. However, I think it is great when a present day driver takes the time and effort to pay reverence to a driver of past eras. Marcus Ericcson’s helmet is fantastic. It also makes me think of Michele Alboretto :(
    For once, I even like Seb’s helmet: is he going for a knight in armour look?

    • Garns (@) said on 23rd May 2014, 12:41

      @arki – totally agree mate, I think a drivers helmet is unique and like a signature- you don’t change it week to week like Seb does. But I do like to see the occasional tribute or milestone race and cant think of the Principality a better place to do so (I know its not the best track for overtaking- but I LOVE the Monaco GP!!)

      Kimi’s James Hunt Helmet last year was great (I am sure KR is Hunts lovechild :) and Dan’s tribute to our Aussie legend Sir Jack very nice- I would pay very good money to buy that helmet……………………. if only my pockets were a deep as someone that will :(

  19. Mark McDonald said on 23rd May 2014, 12:56

    Ericsson’s helmet is the best I have ever seen! It’s fantastic!!

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