Last year, Sebastian Vettel lifted a rather classic trophy. This year, the winner is set to bag one that's all things new-age.
The Indian GP's title sponsor has roped in Bengaluru-based designer Michael Foley to craft the new look. Based on the Asoka Chakra, it is the perfect blend of India's rich heritage and global appeal.
After bashing out 20 different ideas over a month, the final design is now in production. "Designing the trophy for 2012 Airtel Indian Grand Prix was an exciting challenge that we were happy to take on. Formula One is an interesting combination of sports, technology, glamour, entertainment and youth - and we wanted the trophy for Airtel Indian Grand Prix to reflect each of these elements," said Foley.
"After a lot of design work, we finally arrived at a trophy that is a perfect blend of contemporary and traditional India. We are getting the trophy ready and look forward to finalizing it within the first week of October 2012," he confirmed.
Foley is a renowned Indian designer whose work includes everything from Titan watches, sunglasses, jewelry and most recently the Commonwealth Queen's Baton 2010.