Räikkönen modifies Monaco helmet design
24 May 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen has modified his helmet design following the first day of practice in Monaco, GPUpdate.net can reveal. The Finn, who is paying tribute to James Hunt, is believed to have been pushed into a change by FOM (Formula One Management).
Throughout the opening pair of 90 minute sessions, Räikkönen ran with the tagline 'Kimi on the Hunt' in black marker pen at the back of his helmet, while also referring to the Briton's 1976 world title. However, under the current regulations, lettering that faces the onboard camera is restricted, with a strict advertising policy in place.
Although Lotus has not confirmed whether the FOM approached Räikkönen and asked for a specific change to be made, a spokesman for the team explained to GPUpdate.net: "Kimi’s helmet has been modified since being used on Thursday."
The extent of Räikkönen's helmet alterations will be revealed in the third and final practice session on Saturday, which gets underway at 11am local time (GMT +2).