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Ecclestone tells Raikkonen to ditch Hunt tribute
Kimi Raikkonen has reportedly been told to remove the depiction of 1976 world champion James Hunt from the top of his Monaco-spec helmet.
An unabashed fan of the wild, drinking, smoking, womanising British driver, Finn Raikkonen went one step further a year ago in the Principality, wearing the late Hunt’s iconic black helmet livery.
This year, the Lotus driver’s tribute to Hunt is a stylish picture on the top of his helmet, bearing the words ‘James Hunt, 1976 world champion’.
And on the back of the helmet, above Raikkonen’s ‘iceman’ logo, it reads: "Kimi on the Hunt’.
But according to reports, including in Speed Week and Finland’s Turun Sanomat, F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has told Raikkonen to either cover the tribute or revert to his original helmet for the rest of the weekend.
Reportedly, Ecclestone objects either to the positioning of the tribute in full view of the overhead onboard camera, or believes it is an unauthorised advertisement of the forthcoming feature film about Hunt and Niki Lauda’s 1976 title battle (‘Rush’).
When asked about the reported run-in with Ecclestone, Raikkonen told Speed Week: "I know nothing about it.
"As far as I know, I will wear the helmet all weekend."
Meanwhile, when asked about his admission he has "two options" on the table for the 2014 season, Raikkonen clarified that one of them is a return to retirement.
It had been reported that one of the options for the Lotus driver might be a switch to Red Bull.
"There is always the option that I will not drive (at all). It’s always possible," the 2007 world champion is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace.
Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez agreed that F1 should take that possibility seriously.
"Knowing Kimi well, outside of the track too, he could just as well announce that he’s stopping altogether," he said on Thursday.
"I wouldn’t take any bets whatsoever," he added.
#KimiOnTheHunt – The Story Behind the Iceman’s New Look
he 2013 Monaco Grand Prix marks the 40th anniversary of 1976 Formula 1 World Champion James Hunt’s Grand Prix debut; a landmark honoured this weekend by our very own master of the wheel, Kimi Räikkönen.
The unique artwork which adorns the top element of the Finnish maestro’s lid comes from a collection of paintings commissioned by Hunt’s family and created by renowned motorsport artist Nicolas Hunziker; making a fitting tribute to one of the most revered men to grace the Formula 1 paddock.
“I’ve always respected James Hunt” says Kimi, who sported a full replica of the famous black helmet at last year’s Monaco Grand Prix. “It’s great that his family is launching products to represent one of my favourite eras of Formula 1”.
So there you have it; a special weekend and an equally special headpiece for the Iceman. Let’s see if it’ll help him Get Lucky on the streets of Monte Carlo this weekend…