It seems like Lewis Hamilton will have to buy another house just for his trophies. He is a step closer to yet another Drivers’ Championship after a classy win at Imola yesterday. Winning his 92nd Grand Prix at Emilia Romagna, the Briton has established himself at the top of all legends in Formula 1.
There had already been a buzz about the trophies at Imola even before the race had begun. However, for a brief period in F1, trophies were not as mesmerizing as they are now. Lewis Hamilton took us back to those times during his post-race press conference.
F1 has forever seen a series of budget restrictions; so much so that at one point they had to compromise on the quality of their trophies.
From a driver’s point of view, after driving and overtaking at 300km/h, you don’t want to lift a cheap piece of metal on the podium.
“We went through a patch where they really did a cost-cutting scheme and we had some really dodgy, really flimsy trophies, those ones did not survive the time,” recalled the Briton.
Hamilton lifted the trophy yesterday and he could feel the weight of it. Now that is a trophy worthy of a Grand Prix winner. With a diamond embedded on a circuit layout trophy, it will certainly be one of the best ones over the course of this year.
“I was in karting in ’94 at Rye House when Ayrton passed away so to think that we’re here, 26 year, whatever it is, 26 years later and to be able to win here as he had done many times and so yes, the trophy definitely is a keeper and it felt it had good weight to it so it felt like a… it didn’t feel like a cheapy,” remarked Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton has won several races in the past. Naturally, no one would expect him to remember the trophies from his karting days. Yet, the lad from Stevenage shocked us all as he described the plastic trophies from his childhood.
“When you’re from the young days, from karting, little plastic… but they’re so special, they all had such a great meaning and then as you get through the categories they would get nicer, they would get more expensive,” remarked the 6-time World Champion.
The champion keeps stressing that none should take anything for granted. More importantly, one should never forget their roots. Lewis may be on his way to win his 7th Drivers’ Championship, he still remembers his initial days of karting.
The more we know about the Briton, the more we agree that he deserves all the praise and plaudits he receives.