Grand Prix trophy gets artist make over in more commercial F1

Pablo Lücker with the Formula 1™ Heineken® Dutch Grand Prix Trophy Photo: Milan Gino
Pablo Lücker’s Formula 1™ Heineken® Dutch Grand Prix Trophy Photo: Milan Gino

The winner of the Formula 1 Grand Prix racing in Zandvoort this weekend can expect a prize with a difference, because the trophy has had a makeover.

Contemporary Dutch artist Pablo Lücker said a commission to design the new trophy was a ‘dream come true.’

‘I come from a family of artists and my dad collected classic cars,’ he told Dutch News. ‘So for me, it’s a basic combination.’

The mostly black-and-white, graphic art trophy was inspired by Grand Prix fans, the circuit’s energy and Dutch heritage. ‘You can discover lots of things in the award,’ he said, citing windmills, tulips and the Dutch lion along with racing symbols such as helmets, lights and the Zandvoort track itself.

‘I combined all those elements to create one art piece. Such a graphic award as this has not been seen before. I wanted a new, fresh energy.’

Lücker, whose recent work includes a custom-painted Lamborghini, has also created other artworks at Circuit Park Zandvoort including a 40-metre painting after the track’s first turn, race cars covered in art  and the celebration stage. ‘I hope to inspire young people,’ he said.

Crowds gathered for the free practice day on Friday, with Dutch star Max Verstappen experiencing problems and a near miss for Sergio Perez. The main race is at 3pm on Sunday.

Although there have been critical voices about increased commercialisation around the event in Zandvoort, Lücker had only positive words about his collaboration with Heineken on the new trophy.

‘I grew up close to the race centre in Echt,’ he added. ‘I watched the races, and it was always Max [Verstappen]. I hope he wins. I’m a Max fan.’

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