Talk about a let-down! I was expecting something much more grandiose and different!

Hamilton Helmet DecalIn the lead-up to the Monaco Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton announced that he would contest this weekend’s event with a modified helmet design, as part of McLaren’s time-honoured tradition of encrusting their drivers’ helmets and steering wheels with Steinmetz diamonds for the race in the Principality.

The team unveiled the modified domes and steering wheels being used by Hamilton and his team-mate Jenson Button, and, well, the result is far short of what I was expecting…

Button Helmet Decal McLaren Helmet Decals

The chosen design for this year – a gold garland and a diamond decal highlighting the year in which each driver took their championship title – has been adorned to the top of each driver’s helmet and their steering MP4-25 wheel.

This looks like something I could have picked up my local trophy shop!

The drivers trotted out the usual PR spiel during their press call to unveil the designs.

"To be racing for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and using a unique Steinmetz diamond-crested steering wheel, which has been created especially for me, is a great honour," Button recited commented.

"The workmanship on the diamonds is beautiful and it will be a great addition to the most glamorous race of the year."

"They look absolutely incredible and add a real bit of bling to the cars," Hamilton added, reciting his lines perfectly. "I won at Monaco in 2008 wearing a Steinmetz diamond-studded helmet, so I’m hoping it will bring me luck again this year."

Let’s ignore the fact that you raced with a diamond-encrusted helmet last year and didn’t win!

Am I right in feeling a little bit short-changed?

[Original images via GP Update]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.