LONDON Lewis Hamilton likes bullion and a double Formula One universe champion intends to get his hands on a pot of it during Silverstone on Sunday.
The Mercedes driver, who mostly wears a estimable golden necklace in a paddock, heads to his home British Grand Prix this weekend with any possibility of repeating final year’s success.
If he does win a competition for a third time, Hamilton expects to be handed something estimable of a arise when he stairs onto a podium.
“Last year they gave me this cosmetic thing and I’m like, ‘This is not a trophy, it’s like a GP2 prize not a Formula One trophy’,” a 30-year-old told reporters before a Petronas eventuality during Mercedes-Benz World nearby a aged Brooklands circuit south of London.
Silverstone hosted a initial Formula One championship competition in 1950 and a leader of a British Grand Prix has his name engraved on a golden Royal Automobile Club (RAC) trophy, initial awarded in 1948.
“The bullion one, that’s unequivocally special,” pronounced Hamilton.
“It would be good if any nation had a genuine prize like that with impression that grew over a years since it’s got history,” he added.
“The final one in Austria was wooden, a whole thing was wooden. The bottom was like lead. we mean, what? It’s ostensible to be silver.”
Hamilton has won 4 of 8 races so distant this season, after 11 victories final year, and carries a 10 indicate lead over group partner Nico Rosberg into a weekend with organisers awaiting many of a record 140,000 throng to be subsidy a Brit.
Whatever a peculiarity of a prize eventually on offer on Sunday, Hamilton left no doubt that Silverstone had a special place in his heart.
“I remember behind in a day examination (1992 champion) Nigel Mansell holding a Union dwindle in a car. It is like a Olympics, like a bullion medal, carrying a dwindle in a automobile after winning a grand prix,” he said.
“It is a closest thing we can suppose to carrying a bullion medal.
“I competence only get one done for myself. we competence see if we can get one done for myself, we have got adequate gold,” he joked.
He recognised, however, that a genuine value lay in winning something income could not buy.
“It is huge,” he pronounced of a race. “I wish that we can go there and make people proud.”
(Editing by Greg Stutchbury)