Lusail International Circuit partnered with Pininfarina, an Italian design and architectural firm renowned for its iconic works in the automobile industry, to create the official trophy for the Qatar Grand Prix. The trophy for the FORMULA 1 QATAR AIRWAYS QATAR GRAND PRIX 2023 is a fusion of speed, culture, and craftsmanship.
Pininfarina took inspiration from the dynamism of FORMULA 1, crafting a trophy that captures the heart of the recently remodelled Lusail International Circuit (LIC). The development and production process of the trophy was executed through a three-month collaborative effort between Pininfarina and LIC.
The project enlisted the help of artisans with first-hand experience in hand-crafting expertly crafted wave-like patterns that pay homage to Qatar’s sand dunes with a deep-purple resin plaque with a geometric style representing the traditional Sadu carpet, adding depth and a vibrant touch. The satin aluminium finish enhances the trophy's elegance, mirroring Pininfarina's signature style. The combination of such elements celebrates Qatari culture and Lusail's identity as a motorsports hub.
Pininfarina, through Pininfarina Segno, its atelier dedicated to bespoke design creations - utilized state-of-the-art technologies like laser printing to reflect elements unique to Qatar while maintaining a contemporary design. The trophy weighs approximately 3.6 kg with a height of 55 cm. While the new trophy maintains certain elements from the one featured in Qatar GP 2021, it offers a distinct and innovative perspective on Qatar’s growing culture of motorsports. The trophy is symbolic of the contrast between Qatar’s rich heritage and modernity.
"The trophy is a testament to Pininfarina's commitment to precision and craftsmanship. It embodies our shared values, representing the pinnacle of both design and Qatar's deep-rooted passion for racing." said Abdulrahman bin Abdullatif Al-Mannai, President of Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation and Lusail International Circuit.
“The trophy of Lusail wants to be a celebration of Qatar where the progress runs fast, and natural and cultural heritage are the essence of the country,” affirms Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of the Group. “Pininfarina took inspiration from these elements and from its legacy in the field of performance and aerodynamics to create a trophy that represents the new icon of the Lusail circuit. Thanks to the competencies of our highly skilled artisans, the design was turned into a marvellous piece of art.”
This unique trophy will be awarded to the champion of FORMULA 1 QATAR AIRWAYS QATAR GRAND PRIX 2023 against the iconic backdrop of the Lusail International Circuit, celebrating the fusion of speed and Qatar’s legacy of motorsports in the region.
Source & cover image credit: Press Release
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