The Hungarian Grand Prix Trophy Saga: Verstappen’s Replacement Imminent
The Hungarian Grand Prix in July brought both joy and disappointment for Max Verstappen. While clinching first place, his victory celebration took an unexpected turn when his meticulously handcrafted porcelain trophy was accidentally knocked off the podium by runner-up Lando Norris. However, there is promising news for Verstappen, as the manufacturer of the trophy, Herend Porcelánmanufaktúra Zrt., has announced the completion of a replacement.
Dr. Simon Attila, CEO of Herend Porcelánmanufaktúra Zrt., has disclosed that production of the new trophy commenced at the beginning of August. The intricate process, including painting and gilding, is now underway, with completion anticipated by the end of September at the latest. Responding to the positive feedback from F1 fans, Dr. Attila expressed gratitude for the opportunity to recreate the trophy free of charge. He also emphasized the company’s commitment to its cultural mission and significant role in nurturing a positive national image.
Formula.Hu journalist Sándor Mészáros recently shared an exclusive photo of the brand new Herendi trophy currently in production. The image revealed the exquisite craftsmanship involved in recreating Verstappen’s destined replacement. As anticipation builds, Verstappen can expect to hold the new trophy by the end of September. The wait will finally be over, allowing him to commemorate his Hungarian Grand Prix victory in the most fitting manner.
Despite the incident involving Lando Norris during the podium celebration, Herend Porcelánmanufaktúra Zrt. has expressed its warm welcome to the English driver and his team. Dr. Attila highlighted the visitor center’s opportunity to witness the exceptional professionalism of manual porcelain painting and manufacturing, as well as the intricate process behind crafting these prized trophies. While no communication has taken place regarding Norris’ potential visit, the company remains open to the possibility. It is worth noting that both Verstappen and Norris might find an ideal moment to explore this invitation once the season concludes.
With the news of Verstappen’s eagerly awaited replacement trophy nearing completion at Herend Porcelánmanufaktúra Zrt., the Hungarian Grand Prix trophy saga appears to be reaching its resolution. The dedicated efforts of the manufacturing team, driven by their commitment to excellence and national pride, have resulted in a replacement trophy that mirrors the original’s grandeur. As the Formula 1 community eagerly awaits the end of September, Verstappen can finally embrace his hard-earned trophy, effectively bidding farewell to recent misfortune regarding trophies.
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