Hamilton hoping for a pot of gold at Silverstone

Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:21pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton likes gold and the double Formula One world champion intends to get his hands on a pot of it at Silverstone on Sunday.

The Mercedes driver, who often wears a substantial golden necklace in the paddock, heads to his home British Grand Prix this weekend with every chance of repeating last year's success.

If he does win the race for a third time, Hamilton expects to be handed something worthy of the occasion when he steps onto the podium.

"Last year they gave me this plastic thing and I'm like, 'This is not the trophy, it's like a GP2 trophy not the Formula One trophy'," the 30-year-old told reporters before a Petronas event at Mercedes-Benz World near the old Brooklands circuit south of London.

Silverstone hosted the first Formula One championship race in 1950 and the winner of the British Grand Prix has his name engraved on the golden Royal Automobile Club (RAC) trophy, first awarded in 1948.

"The gold one, that's really special," said Hamilton.

"It would be great if each country had a real trophy like that with character that grew over the years because it's got history," he added.

"The last one in Austria was wooden, the whole thing was wooden. The base was like lead. I mean, what? It's supposed to be silver."   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton of Britain (front) and Nico Rosberg of Germany celebrate their first and second places with the team after the Austrian F1 Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg, Austria, June 21, 2015.    REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh