Just when we thought the F1 Grand-Prix at Hungaroring has ended without a major accident, one of the drivers had managed to cause one on the podium. Television viewers watched in horror, as the valuable porcelain trophy bounced off the podium and was smashed to pieces.
A day after the post-race accident, the renowned Herendi Porcelain Manufacturer (founded in 1826), promised to recreate the shattered trophy of Sunday’s 38th Hungarian Grand Prix winner, Max Verstappen. Attila Simon, the company’s CEO, said that that they regretted the fate of the trophy, but he believes Herendi plays an important role in building the Hungarian national image, therefore they will replace it.
The teams will decide who was to blame, but we will take on the joyful and heavy burden of making it again,”
said the CEO regarding the trophy, which has a 19th century oriental design.
Simon emphasized that all their creations are guaranteed to be replaced in perpetuity, which is why the sample collection also includes a duplicate of the Hungarian Grand Prix trophy. Production of the bodywork has already begun, so the original six-month process will now be shortened and the two-time world champion will receive his trophy in a few weeks’ time.
Winner Max Verstappen with his (still intact) trophy. Photo: MTI/Czeglédi Zsolt
The winner’s trophy was broken when McLaren’s Lando Norris, who finished second, used the podium to open his champagne bottle, causing the cup to fall. Lando Norris, who finished second, smashed Verstappen’s custom-made prize, worth 15 million forints (EUR 40.000), made by Herend Porcelain, on the podium. The object took six months and about 30 people to create.
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“To be honest, I do not know what happened to the trophy during the results ceremony, Max must have put it too close to the edge of the podium and it fell off,” said the McLaren driver, who had earlier apologized to the winner for his actions, with a big smile. McLaren have also apologized for the incident on their Facebook page.
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Via MTI; Featured Photo: Facebook M4 Sport