Valtteri Bottas will compete in this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix with a crash helmet bearing old Formula 1 design


 grosjeanDrivers often wear special helmets for the Monaco Grand Prix and many have worn the designs of past racers. Ahead of Thursday’s opening practice session Bottas unveiled his own to honour his compatriot. Bottas, and Brendon Hartley have unveiled new designs featuring a Monaco theme, while Charles Leclerc will contest his home race with a helmet based on his late father Herve’s that includes a tribute to Jules Stoffel Vandoorne  Bianchi. It bears Hakkinen’s classic stripes down the side in three shades of blue, atop a white base. Hakkinen won in Monaco for the only time 20 years ago, and Bottas said he wanted to honour that success and the Finn’s first world championship the same year.


“He won here 20 years ago exactly and that year he won the title,” said Bottas, who works with Hakkinen’s former manager Didier Coton. “So, I wanted to pay a tribute. I respect him as a driver, as a guy, and I always loved the paint as well.” 

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