Formula One at present is under attack for just about everything possible. Engines, cars too easy to drive, drivers being nannied, historic circuits being dumped, unfair income distribution, boring races, ticket and TV costs too high and we can add to that ‘crap’ trophies.
After winning the 2014 British GP, Lewis Hamilton was surprised on the podium when he was presented with the trophy. He joked it was “falling apart”, adding, “Its plastic. It must have cost £10”.
Lewis is attached to his trophies and ensured when he joined Mercedes, the deal saw him keep the originals and the team retain a replica for their trophy cabinet. This was something that irked him at McLaren, as Ron Dennis insisted the team kept the originals.
“We just need to make better trophies – it’s shocking how bad the trophies are,” Lewis told The Telegraph.
“The trophies are as good as… at go kart level, it was really bad. Formula Renault was just little boxes with a car in the middle. Formula Three was good, and at the beginning of my Formula One career the trophies were really good. But now they are just terrible man. They are so bad. I told Bernie [Ecclestone] and he got the trophy guy in the room and I just said, ‘you know’.”
“Last year they gave me this plastic thing and I’m like, ‘This is not the trophy, it’s like a GP2 trophy, not the Formula One trophy. The gold one is really special. It would be great if each country had a real trophy like that, with character that grew over the years because of the history. I don’t know why they don’t make them the same any more.”
Of course times are tough for race sponsors and promoters as Ecclestone turns the screw demanding more money for the privilege of hosting an F1 race. Just 6 races in 2015 have a named sponsor, in 2009 just two did not have a race sponsor.
Top F1 Drivers are earning big bucks, so the race promoters will lose little sleep over Hamilton’s comments. Yet we can add it to the list of ‘F1 is broke’ items for now – though probably the fans don’t really care.