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McLaren duo set to sparkle in Monaco 16 May 2008

Lewis Hamilton's helmet for the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix, with Steinmetz diamonds set into its design. © McLaren Lewis Hamilton's helmet for the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix, with Steinmetz diamonds set into its design. © McLaren

If all that glitters is not gold for McLaren in Monte Carlo next weekend and the British team fail to repeat the spectacular one-two that defined last year’s race, then it will be through no fault of the British team's partner Steinmetz. The world-famous diamond company will provide Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen with specially commissioned diamond-encrusted helmets for the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.

Over recent months, Steinmetz’s in-house design team has worked closely with both Hamilton and Kovalainen to create two unique helmets, custom made to each of their individual tastes.

Alongside the new one-off designs, the exclusive head gear also boasts each driver’s signature set with hundreds of the company’s handcrafted diamonds. And the glamorous embellishments seem to have gone down well with both drivers.

“I really like what Steinmetz has done this year and am looking forward to the Monaco Grand Prix weekend,” Hamilton said. “As some people might know I am very particular about my helmet but it looks great and will add some extra sparkle to the event.”

Kovalainen added: “I’m always really excited about the Monaco Grand Prix - it really is the one that all drivers want to win. To be able to race at this prestigious event with Steinmetz diamonds on my helmet will bring something special to the occasion.”

Hamilton received his helmet at McLaren’s factory in Woking earlier this week whilst the Finn will receive his next Wednesday in Monaco, ahead of Thursday’s opening practice session.