Those Santander trophies are rubbish – and probably break F1’s rules

CommentPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The rules say trophies should be \"traditional\". These don\'t look it to me
The rules say trophies should be 'traditional'. These don't look it to me

After the Italian Grand Prix Todd was unimpressed with the Santander logo trophies that were given to the drivers:

F1 trophies I would have thought would be a very special thing, usually events have a very well designed trophy to commemorate the victory, but now – and for the rest of his life – Sebastian Vettel has a logo to commemorate his first every victory in F1.

Thing is, according to the rules F1 trophies are supposed to be “traditional”. So should Santander logos be used as trophies?

On the Live Blog during the podium ceremony I posted this excerpt from the Appendix 4, article 4 of the sporting regulations (emphasis added):

The trophies, which must be in the form of traditional cups, will be provided by the ASN and must show:
a) the FIA Formula 1 World Championship official logo
b) the official name of the event
c) the driver’s position.

Are Santander logos “traditional cups”? Here’s Michael Schumacher and Jean Todt with their trophies at Monza two years ago:

Michael Schumacher and Jean Todt with their trophies at Monza in 2006
Michael Schumacher and Jean Todt with their trophies at Monza in 2006

Monza wasn’t the first time we’ve seen these tacky Santander ‘trophies’ in 2008 either. They were handed out at the German Grand Prix as well.

Todd reckons:

What a way to ruin it. Not a trophy bathed in Monza history, a ******* logo from a company that will probably be bankrupt and shrouded in scandal by the time Vettel is retired and telling the story of the logo on his shelf to his kids.

Bernie has been too greedy there in my opinion.

And I have to say I agree with him.

Yesterday we were discussing how the FIA struggles to apply its ‘unwritten rules’ consistently. It’s hardly surprising when they can’t get the written rules right either.

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