New helmet design for Raikkonen

New helmet design for Raikkonen

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen will sport a new helmet design from the start of this season, including a splash of red and a motif of his nickname, 'The Ice Man'. The helmet will be designed by McLaren and Uffe Tagtstrom, who has made helmets for ...

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen will sport a new helmet design from the start of this season, including a splash of red and a motif of his nickname, 'The Ice Man'. The helmet will be designed by McLaren and Uffe Tagtstrom, who has made helmets for Raikkonen for a number of years, and it's estimated thirty five helmets will be made for Kimi alone this season.

Kimi Raikkonen.
Photo by TAG McLaren.
"I drew a sketch for Kimi, and he was happy with it but wanted to add some more colour. We wanted the helmet to be different from last year, and included the rocket red," Tagtstrom told the McLaren website.

"The red will certainly make Kimi stand out from the crowd, with its bright and vivid design. The helmet design will include a motif of his nickname within Team McLaren Mercedes of "The Ice Man".

"Formula One helmets are complicated because you need to save weight, rather than add weight. We spray mask the sections before painting, so that no specific areas have a double layer of paint."

"He is very interested and this year he was waiting for the design to be finished," Tagtstrom added about the Finn. "It is always very nice for me when my customers are interested in what I am doing."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen
Teams Mercedes , McLaren