Hamilton wants to keep cherished trophies

Wed, 3 October 2007, 12:42

Lewis Hamilton has reportedly asked McLaren to break with tradition and allow him to keep two of his young career’s most important trophies.

Ron Dennis has long insisted that, while his drivers may order replicas at their own expense, original formula one trophies are the property of the Woking based team and are displayed only at the factory.

Like Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Niki Lauda, Mika Hakkinen, and all other fellow McLaren drivers before him, Dennis’ policy is enshrined in Hamilton’s contract.

But as he stands on the cusp of making history as the first and youngest rookie to win the title, the 22-year-old is pleading with his boss to let him keep a couple of his prizes.

“I want to keep my first win trophy and my first world championship (trophy),” the Briton is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

Hamilton, in Shanghai where this Sunday he could wrap up the crown by winning, added: “Don’t underestimate how much this means to me.”

Only two trophies are missing from the McLaren collection, which is housed in a corridor inside the team’s factory in the UK.

The 1984 German grand prix trophy was stolen, and the 1989 Italian grand prix trophy was given away to the crowd by Prost in the midst of a dispute.

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