Hamilton's trophies crucial in McLaren contract talks

© Ubaid Parkar, 22 August 2012
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One of the factors that will keep Lewis Hamilton comfortable at McLaren is retaining his trophies that he collects at Grands Prix.

The British driver’s contract with the Woking-based team runs out at the end of the year with both parties hoping that negotiations would fructify during the August break.

But the 27-year-old, who has been on the podium 47 times including 19 wins, made it clear that he wants to keep his trophies as a part of a contract extension.

"Ron (Dennis) and the team have all the trophies in the cabinet and the drivers get replicas," Hamilton was quoted saying by Autosport.

"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,” he pointed out.

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

"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," he added.


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