Added sparkle for McLaren drivers 18 May 2005
The nickname Iceman will take on a whole new meaning for Kimi Raikkonen in Monaco this weekend when he and McLaren team mate Juan Pablo Montoya race with diamond-encrusted helmets.
The unique helmets, which will only be seen at this event, are the result of a tie-up between McLaren and world-famous diamond producers Steinmetz, who have used precise, resin techniques to ensure the priceless stones remain intact, whatever the race conditions.
The helmets were presented to Raikkonen and Montoya in a special ceremony in Monaco on Wednesday by Natasja Vermeer, star of the US television series Emmanuelle. After the race, the helmets will be auctioned and all the proceeds will go to charities chosen by the drivers and the McLaren team.
Raikkonen is no stranger to sporting a one-off helmet design in Monte Carlo, as he does it every year. Last year his bespoke livery had a scene depicting the Monaco Harbour on the back, while this year there are two dice and the caption Dicen in the streets emblazed across the rear.
Steinmetz are no strangers to racing at Monaco. Last year one of their stones, which had been set in the nose of Christian Klien's Jaguar car, supposedly went missing after the Austrian crashed out of the Grand Prix.