As he was interviewed on the British Grand Prix winner’s step, Lewis Hamilton looked at his bright red sponsor-friendly prize and asked: ‘Where’s the gold trophy, man?’
Some dismissed it as a quip, but no. It actually proves he’s a proper racer who knows his sport and values its heritage.
The Royal Automobile Club’s golden British Grand Prix trophy has been a figure of the race ever since the first one was staged in 1948. Luigi Villoresi won the first race, in a Maserati, and held it aloft in front of 100,000 people.
50 races on, it’s still awarded to the winner – in Hamilton’s case, eventually. He did in the end get to lift the prize (showing it to even more people than Villoresi), thus ensuring tradition was maintained. The trophy is the only Grand Prix award that has subsequently been presented every year.
“The British GP trophy is a unique piece of motor racing history,” said Tom Purves, chairman of the Royal Automobile Club – still the London home of the golden trophy. “The result on Sunday was great for all the fans who were there and it has certainly brought a fresh spark to this year’s Formula 1 World Championship.”
Hamilton will undoubtedly be proud: his name is engraved once again into the trophy, after he first scooped it in 2008. It sits alongside the 11 other British drivers to have won the British Grand Prix, after Sir Stirling Moss first scooped it in 1955. Whether he can top Jim Clark’s five British Grand Prix victories is another matter. Two down, four to go.