Mercedes explains why Hamilton switched helmets in Monaco

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Lewis Hamilton could be seen sporting two different helmets during the Monaco Grand Prix, and Mercedes’ Andrew Shovlin explains why.

Lewis Hamilton started the Monaco Grand Prix with his special Monaco helmet designed by artist Daniel Arsham, but by the time the race ended, he was wearing his usual 2022 yellow helmet.

Inspired by Lewis’ favourite crystal – amethyst, Arsham had reimagined Lewis’ helmet as an archaeological relic in a museum 1,000 years from now.

Additionally, a counterpart art sculpture was also created, to later be sold, with all proceeds benefitting Lewis’ foundation Mission 44.

The switch to Lewis’ usual design was made during the second red flag period in the race, and Mercedes Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin explains why.

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“In those very dark wet conditions at the start of the race, they are running a clear visor and that gives them the best visibility in the spray,” Shovlin said in Mercedes’ race debrief.

“When you get into the dry race, also the sun is a lot lower in the sky, the end of the race was near six o’clock in the evening.

“He then moves to a tinted visor, just because it gives you better visibility, better contrast, but also you avoid getting the sun in your eyes,” the Briton concluded.

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