We all know the story now, right? As Vettel rejoined the circuit following a small off while leading, Lewis Hamilton had to brake in order to avoid contact as the Ferrari rejoined the circuit. Although many felt Vettel was simply trying to wrestle control of his car, the stewards hit him with a five-second penalty for dangerously rejoining the circuit - a penalty which ultimately cost him the win.
After the race, a furious Vettel initially refused to be part of the top three celebrations by ditching his car at the beginning of the pit lane and heading back to the Ferrari motorhome. Realising this would likely result in further sanctions he begrudgingly made his way back to the podium - but not before taking the big ‘1’ board from in front of Hamilton’s car and placing it in front of the empty space where his car should have been.
It instantly became an iconic F1 moment and a brilliant piece of theatre. Now, some brilliant people at BBR Models have decided to pay homage to the moment with this 1/43 diecast model. Well, it’s more of a diorama than a model, but you get the point.
For roughly 15 of your British Pound Stirling (around $20), you get a display case which is largely empty, save for the winner’s sign.
Adding to the authenticity, the ‘floor’ features a nearby manhole cover and the shadow of Hamilton’s winning Mercedes.
It’s a superb idea and one which, despite pretty much being an empty box, is great value for something which would be sure to bring about a chuckle every time you catch a glimpse of it on your shelf or desk.
That’s assuming enough time has passed for you be able to laugh at the whole situation, anyway!