This year’s French Grand Prix was won by Lewis Hamilton, who essentially led the race from start to finish. This win helps him retake the world championship lead in France. And on top of his victory, he also gets to take home an amazing trophy, which is actually a gorilla, painted like the French flag, holding up one of Pirelli’s yellow-walled soft tires. The magnificently unusual trophy was designed by artist and sculptor Richard Orlinski.
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He was born in France in 1966 and has been a professional sculptor since 2004. His style comes from a concept known as “Born Wild” which uses contemporary materials available and is intended for a large audience, including children. Orlinski is ranked as one of the Top 10 best selling French artists in the world. He often sculpts animals, especially primates, which helps make sense of his motivation for creating the Formula One trophy.
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The crazy trophy was also exhibited at the Circuit Paul Ricard, which was the location of the race itself. The motorsport race track was built in 1969 at Le Castellet, near Marseille, in France. This week’s race was the eighth round of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship and marked the first time that the French Grand Prix has been run since 2008, which had a much more normal trophy. Many are making appropriate comparisons to Donkey Kong, and some might remember a similar, if not crazier, trophy from the 1993 European Grand Prix.
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There are 13 races left to go in the Formula One calendar, and it’ll be interesting to see if anyone even tries to top Orlinski’s trophy. Check out the highlights from the 2018 French Grand Prix below…