Overview of special helmets in Monaco
24 May 2013 – As has become the norm in Monte-Carlo, a variety of drivers have chosen to run special helmets for the Grand Prix weekend. GPUpdate.net has put together an overview of the changes, so you can continue to recognise the field.
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel is sporting a classic helmet design this weekend. The reigning World Champion's helmet is largely cream, with a collection of photographs from the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, won by Sir Stirling Moss. On the reverse side is a pin-up image; upon reaching a certain temperature, the final part of the woman's clothing will disappear.
Kimi Räikkönen, like last year, is paying tribute to hero James Hunt on the streets of Monte-Carlo. The Finn raced with a similar design to the 1976 World Champion at the famous street venue in 2012, and has this time adopted a largely red helmet with black, white and gold features. On top is a photo of his idol, with a centrally-placed name and title reference.
Fernando Alonso, twice a winner of the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix, is using a predominantly white, yellow and gold helmet for this year's event. The side and back of the Ferrari driver's design display his 32 career race victories in the form of a puzzle, with the venues and dates all listed. On the top of the helmet, puzzle pieces also make up a large map of the world.
Lewis Hamilton has brought a design to Monaco that features himself, girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger and new dog Roscoe. The colours of the helmet remain largely the same, with yellow still the most prominent, although the top now features more red streaks, therefore making it slightly easier to distinguish the Briton with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Romain Grosjean, who designs his own helmets, has overseen a mainly white, red and blue design for his adopted home race. The back features glittered letters, with a photo of a Formula 1 driver - perhaps a vision of himself - playing poker. The Lotus driver was the only driver to crash out during practice on Thursday, losing control at the Sainte Devote corner.
Force India driver Paul di Resta has swapped his traditional colours for a red and white design in Monaco. The top of the design features hearts and diamonds, referring to favourite past-times of those living in the principality. Team-mate Adrian Sutil has also made small changes, placing a Uruguayan flag on the back as a tribute to his father Jorge.
McLaren driver Sergio Pérez, who usually races with a bright yellow helmet, has has modified his primary colour to black, with red on the left-hand side of the design and green on the right. A Mexican flag is featured on the top, while the remainder of the design plays up to the supposed characteristics of Monte-Carlo: dice, playing cards and beautiful women.
Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo, whose helmet usually features dark blue and orange, has adopted a largely white, silver and blue design for this weekend's race. The word Monaco is displayed in thick, classic letters on the top, while a beautiful panorama of the Côte d'Azur has been placed at the bottom. The Australian has also retained his home flag for the event.
Having showcased a retro Jean Alesi design for the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix, Toro Rosso driver Jean-Éric Vergne has this time decided to pay tribute to the late François Cevert, who lost his life forty years ago during qualifying for the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. The New York venue was the scene for his only Formula 1 victory during the 1971 campaign.
Saturday morning’s third and final practice session in Monte-Carlo begins at 11am local time (GMT +2) and can be track via the GPUpdate.net live report feature