SILVERSTONE, England, (Reuters) – Double world champion Lewis Hamilton was handed one of the sport’s most prestigious trophies yesterday, only days after moaning about the poor quality of some of Formula One’s podium prizes.
The Mercedes driver received the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy, awarded annually since 1959 to the most successful British or Commonwealth driver in the previous year’s championship, at Silverstone.
A roll call of greats have won the trophy in the past, including Australian Jack Brabham, Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, James Hunt, Nigel Mansell, Jacques Villeneuve and Damon Hill.
Hamilton won 11 races in 2014 on the way to his second championship.
“That’s a real trophy,” he said after collecting the memorial to Britain’s first world champion Mike Hawthorn, who won the title with Ferrari in 1958 and died in a road accident a year later.
“To be amongst all these great names on here, that’s what a real trophy should have — all this history. When I am talking about trophies…this is what I’m talking about. This is class, this is history.
“It’s real silverware. And that’s what I race for. When I finish a race, that’s the best reward you can get. I relate it to Olympians who go out there and get the gold medals. It’s no cheap plastic, it’s real.”