REPORTERS – 05/07/2015

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It is what all drivers want but why has Lewis Hamilton called the state of trophies shocking

Shocking sate of trophies

Lewis Hamilton has deplored the “shocking” state of Formula One trophies, even taking his complaint to Bernie Ecclestone.

Organisers of this weekend’s British Grand Prix have release a picture of this weekend trophy which will again be made of plastic rather than the traditional gold, Royal Automobile Club bauble.

He told the Telegraph “The trophies are as good as… at go kart level, it was really bad. Formula Renault was just little boxes with a car in the middle. Formula Three was good, and at the beginning of my Formula One career the trophies were really good. But now they are just terrible man.”

As with many drivers Hamilton has always been particularly attached to trophies, perhaps even more so than the records he keeps breaking. He didn’t keep any trophies from McLaren but he has a condition in his contract where he now keeps them.

Last year he was unhappy when he was presented with the sponsors trophy rather than the Royal Automobile Club Trophy first awarded in 1948 at Silverstone.

 

Raising money for good causes unity to support children who are ill and remembering a legend.

Auction raises £72,000 for GOSH

An auction last night in honour of Ayrton Senna, for Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals raised £72,000.

The event featured a panel of Formula 1 celebrities who recounted their memories of the Brazilian legend. The panel made up of ex-racers David Coulthard and Martin Donnelly, engineers Paddy Lowe and Dave Ryan and Manish Pandey, who wrote and produced the award-winning biopic of Senna’s life in 2010.

Auctioned items included signed race boots from Romain Grosjean and Jenson Button, Eddie Jordan TW Steel watch, a Senna replica helmet signed by Lewis Hamilton and VIP weekend paddock passes to British Grand Prix.

 

Results  are in but what do the fans say about the current state of the sport

Fans want change

The results of the GPDA Global Fans Survey says fans do want change   but without gimmicks or knee-jerk reactions to a sport many now describe as expensive and boring.

217,756 fans responded to the survey which was launched by drivers at the Monaco Grand Prix. Chairman of the GPDA Alex Wurz said “The fans are clear: they don’t want a radical overhaul of grand prix racing that takes it away from its historic roots.”

The average age of fans are 37 years old with three quarters following the sport for ten years. Over half the surveyed fans watch at least 12 races a season, frequently watching the live race with the ideal time to watch F1 races is Sundays between 12 & 3pm.

 

One thing the Mercedes boss says is damaging the sport is criticism of the championship

End criticism – Wolff

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has called for an end to the criticism of Formula 1 as he is convinced it is damaging the championship. There has been claims that drivers are doing too much fuel-saving and that the cars are too easy to drive.

Wolff believes that the sport id good sport but it is the duty of its participants to promote it rather than criticising it publicly. He told Autosport “If I take my Mercedes hat off and I look at what the spectacle has to offer, I think it is a good spectacle.

“Is it good that one team wins pretty regularly? Maybe not but we have seen that in the past as well. We have a duty to Formula 1 to not talk it down. We are all Formula 1’s ambassadors.”

While Lewis Hamilton added the problem is everyone has an opinion but only some people’s opinions actually get actioned.

 

That’s all from this edition of Reporters

 

Jack

Jack is responsible for the day-to-day running of Formula One Vault. He brings you all the brilliant content. Has an obsession with all things Formula One and anything with an engine.

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