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Formula 1: Japanese Grand Prix Winner to Receive Special ‘Kiss Me’ Trophy
- Formula 1 heads to Japan for round 17 of the 2023 season
- The Suzuka race circuit remains one of the most iconic circuits in the history of the sport
- The Japanese Grand Prix race sponsor has added technological innovation to Sunday's race with a special trophy
Formula 1 continues its away leg of the 2023 season as it heads to the iconic Suzuka circuit.
The Japanese Grand Prix undoubtedly lines up amongst F1's most iconic race event looks, given its flurry of unique fan gears and special banner presented at the circuit by fans annually.
However, this year's edition promises to be even more iconic, thanks to a cutting-edge innovation from the race title sponsor, Lenovo, following the addition of a trophy with a distinctively modern trophy referred to as the 'kiss me trophy.'
F1's Japanese Grand Prix special trophy
The consumer electronics company enlisted the expertise of the world-renowned design studio Pininfarina of America to craft this remarkable piece.
The result is a sleek concept inspired by the design of an F1 car's air intake and the Lenovo logo. What sets it apart is the incorporation of smart technology that comes to life when the driver interacts with it.
The trophy features a designated 'kiss me' area on its exterior, with indicator lights that flash when picked up, guiding drivers to the spot where it could be kissed. Upon the driver's compliance, thanks to touch-sensitive micro-switch technology, the trophy bursts to life, illuminating in the colours of their respective national flag.
The Japanese Grand Prix, which sees Red Bull back to their blistering best, could also witness the Austrian racing team pick up the 2023 Constructors' championship, as reported by Sports Illustrated.
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Sports Brief in a previous report stated that reptiles disrupted Friday's Practice session in Singapore.
During Free Practice 1 (FP1), the focus shifted from racing technicalities and data analysis as an unexpected twist stole the spotlight.
The Marina Bay circuit, situated amidst the city's green spaces, is inhabited by giant reptiles, including monitor lizards, which invaded the track whilst the drivers were making their rounds on the circuit.