Valtteri Bottas' Monaco crash helmet design was in honour of fellow Finn, 1998 race winner and world champion Mika Häkkinen.
While Mercedes won races in Monaco during the 1930s with Luigi Fagioli, Rudolf Carraciola and Manfred von Brauchitsch, it was Häkkinen who gave the three-pointed star its first Formula One success in that '98 race.
To mark the milestone, Häkkinen, who turns 50 in September, had his winning McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 craned onto the top deck of a 40m yacht in the Monaco harbour, where he reminisced on Friday, Monaco's 'free day.' On the surface it had been a simple win: pole, fastest lap, led all the way. The reality though, was a bit different.
"Monaco is always tough and needs total concentration," Häkkinen said. "My team mate was David Coulthard and he also started from the front row. We were close until he broke down. Later on, I was leading comfortably and so I slowed down, and of course you lose tyre temperature and pressure. Then the team told me that Fisichella was catching me and so I tried to speed up again. With about five laps to go I turned in a bit early at Rascasse and the right rear tyre hit the barrier really hard.
"I will never forget it. I was 100% sure the race was over, but it didn't break. McLaren had flown out stronger suspension wishbones after qualifying (this was before F1's parc fermé rules had come into existence). It was a good thing that they had. Without that, I wouldn't have won."