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Lewis Hamilton will finally be able to keep the trophies that he gets when he steps on the podium – if and when he does for his new team.
Having left McLaren, the Briton has stepped into a new environment at Mercedes where the driver is not required to hand over their helmets and trophies, as has been traditionally done at the Woking-based outfit.
“The question is, do we get trophies?” Hamilton laughed referring to the German manufacturer’s results since 2010 which has seen it win just once. “Great, I get to keep my trophies, oh shoot, I don’t have any.
“It was a small thing, but small things matter, like my helmets,” he was quoted saying by the Express. “I don’t need my suits, my gloves, my boots – but my helmet, I design. That is what I race in, wear, what people see.
“It has my sweat, blood and tears in it so that is why I want to keep that. It has the memory in it,” he added. “I used to get half my helmets. One year McLaren would get first choice of which helmets to keep. Now I keep them and my trophies are my trophies.”
But his happiness is not limited to helmets and trophies, with the 28-year-old’s professional and personal life now easing up since he left McLaren, which he described as a “really controlled environment where you are restricted to do and say what you are told”.
“My dad doesn’t approve of my tattoos, for example, but I don’t need someone’s approval,” he pointed out. “I don’t need you guys, the team, my mum. I am who I am.
"I am not Ayrton Senna. I am my own personality, but I hope that I will have that greatness," he added.