Diamonds are forever for F1 world champion Hamilton at Monaco GP

PUBLISHED: 14:20 23 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:12 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton with his diamond encrusted race helmet

Lewis Hamilton with his diamond encrusted race helmet

CHART-TOPPER Paul Simon famously sung about someone with diamonds on the soles of their shoes. But reigning F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton will go in Sunday s Monaco Grand Prix with diamonds on top of his yellow race helmet. The Vodafone McLaren Mercede

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CHART-TOPPER Paul Simon famously sung about someone with diamonds on the soles of their shoes.

But reigning F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton will go in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix with diamonds on top of his yellow race helmet.

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver from Herts will almost certainly be the king of bling in the millionaire's playground on the Mediterranean coast.

As well as having a glamorous girlfriend in Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, the 24-year-old from Tewin takes to the Monte Carlo grid with diamonds in his race helmet.

He will drive around the famous street circuit with a customised helmet proudly displaying number one in diamonds courtesy of Steinmetz.

Hamilton's car wears the number one this season in honour of being crowned world champion in 2008.

"The Steinmetz diamond number one I'll be wearing in Monte Carlo this weekend is a fantastic way to commemorate the most prestigious race on the Formula 1 calendar, and my favourite racetrack in the world," said Lewis.

Explaining the distinctive design of his helmet, Hamilton said: "I think every Formula 1 driver really cares about the design on their crash helmet.

"My helmet is yellow because my dad wanted to be able to see me clearly when I was karting and I was on the far side of the circuit.

"He wanted to know that I was all right.

"I've hardly changed the colour scheme of my helmet since then and I really love it."

Lior Levin, marketing director of Steinmetz, said: "We're looking forward to the Monaco GP as always this is the main event of the season.

"We hope that Lewis and Heikki [Kovalainen] will outshine the diamonds in their helmets."

The bespoke Steinmetz helmets featuring Forevermark diamonds were unveiled prior to the grand prix at the McLaren Technology Centre last week.

Tomorrow's Monaco Grand Prix is the jewel in F1's crown and Lewis won the race last year.

But his McLaren car isn't the fastest on the grid this time around and the Herts driver is struggling for championship points.

He crashed out in qualifying today (Saturday) and will start from 16th on the grid.

Hamilton will be hoping diamonds are forever on Sunday!


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