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Lewis Hamilton: Trophies ‘push-point’ in McLaren talks

By Berthold Bouman

Lewis Hamilton has in the British media hinted his trophies are a ‘push-point’ in his talks with McLaren for a new contract. The 2008 World Champion has been with McLaren since the start of his Formula One career, but the Briton wants to keep his trophies, as it is an old McLaren tradition to keep the driver trophies in the team, and give the driver a replica of the original. But Hamilton wants the original trophies, and not a copy.

McLaren’s trophy cabinet at the McLaren Technology Centre

Hamilton, who’s contract with McLaren expires at the end of this season, said, “Ron [Dennis] and the team have all the trophies in the cabinet and the drivers get replicas. In a lot of other teams, the drivers get their original trophies. As a racing driver, what you work for and what you want to take home are two things; one is your crash helmet and the other is your trophy. For me, they are priceless.

“I don’t care if they don’t give me a car, but those two things are what you put your blood and sweat into — and they keep those at the moment. So whatever contract I’m having next, that is going to be a push point.”

And he added, “But I don’t feel I have a tough decision to make. It is my career I’m talking about however — the last part of my [professional] life. It’s the first time I’ve been in this position, so I guess it still remains an important decision.”

Last Sunday the 27-year old Hamilton won his 19th Formula One race at the Hungaroring, it was also his 46th podium place, McLaren has now, including the trophy for winning the 2008 Drivers’ Championship, altogether 47 trophies won by Hamilton in the trophy cabinet at the McLaren Technology Centre, among hundreds of other trophies earned by McLaren drivers.

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