F1 and GP2 drivers uniting for solidarity

2008 F1 and GP2 drivers uniting for solidarity Today, during the Winning Attitudes Awards announcement, all GP2 competitors along with some F1 drivers have united to support the Gonzalo Rodriguez Memorial Foundation. This weekend in...

2008 F1 and GP2 drivers uniting for solidarity

Today, during the Winning Attitudes Awards announcement, all GP2 competitors along with some F1 drivers have united to support the Gonzalo Rodriguez Memorial Foundation.

This weekend in Monza, the 2008 GP2 Series season will crown their new champion, an event celebrated by this Sunday's Prize Giving Ceremony.

During a Pre Event held today at the GP2 Series Paddock, all GP2 competitors along with Heikki Kovalainen, Nelson Piquet Jr, Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Kazuki Nakajima signed on huge canvases their support to the Gonzalo Rodriguez Memorial Foundation. During this short event, Canadian artist Bill Patterson created a painting that Formula One drivers signed. This original painting will be auctioned this Sunday evening at the GP2 Series 2008 Prize Giving Ceremony which will be held at the exclusive Sporting Club Monza. Moreover, the GP2 drivers all signed a big picture and expressed with a drawing or some words their feelings and views on world solidarity. Their testimony will also be put up for auction on Sunday evening.

The GP2 Series 2008 Prize Giving Ceremony will once again feature the 7th Annual Winning Attitudes Awards (WAA), an exciting event that has become a classic season-closing celebration. Not only does it celebrate all the protagonists of yet another breathtaking season of motor racing, but it also praises mental strength, talent and team spirit, and at the same time it supports the Gonzalo Rodriguez Memorial Foundation (GRMF) and raises money for underprivileged children in Uruguay.

The winners of the WAA will be revealed on Sunday night, together with the Gonzalo Rodriguez Special Award. This prestigious prize rewards someone that best embodies the late Uruguayan driver's exceptional human qualities. The prize, an authentic replica of Maestro Pablo Atchugarry's magnificent marble piece - inspired by Gonzalo who passed away exactly 9 years ago today, will be presented by Bridgestone. Penny Whitaker, Charlie Whiting and Giorgio Pantano have been honoured with this prize in the first three editions.

WAA nominees (in alphabetical order):

Best Team Presentation
Barwa International Campos, DPR, iSport International, Piquet Sports and Trident Racing

Best Team Communications
Durango, Racing Engineering and Trident Racing

Best Team Spirit
BCN, DPR, iSport International, Piquet Sports and Supernova Racing

Best Team Strategists
iSport, Piquet Sports, Racing Engineering and Trust Team Arden

Steeve Marcel - Best Engineered Team
iSport International and Racing Engineering

Driver Personality of the Year
Karun Chandhok, Giorgio Pantano and Alvaro Parente

Most Improved Driver of the Year
Karun Chandhok, Vitaly Petrov, Bruno Senna and Davide Valsecchi

Truckie of the Year
DPR, iSport International, Trident Racing, Trust Team Arden and Supernova Racing

Best Friendly/Welcoming Team
BCN Competicion, Durango and iSport International

Rookie of the Year
Jerome d'Ambrosio and Romain Grosjean

Overtaking Manoeuvre of the Year
Sebastien Buemi (Magny-Cours, Race 2), Pastor Maldonado (Budapest, Race 2) and Giorgio Pantano (Silverstone, Race 1)

Best Media Support
Charles Bradley, Will Buxton and Roberto Chinchero

Best Driving Style (online poll at www.gp2series.com)
Karun Chandhok, Lucas di Grassi and Bruno Senna

Bridgestone Gonzalo Rodriguez Special Award Nominees
Tyler Alexander, Sebastien Bourdais, Will Buxton, Karun Chandhok, Marco Codello, Fairuz Fauzy, Roger Leworthy, Fabrizio Nosco, Nelson Piquet Jr., David Price, Rosana Sorci, Christian Staurenghi, Penny Whitaker

Bridgestone ereporter
James Aitcheson, Olivier Cougard, Tom Drew, Gavin Grace, Guillaume Navarro, Alan NG, Lorenzo Quolantoni, Tabatha Valls Halling, Rutger Wuyts

-credit: gp2series.com

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Series Formula 1 , GP2
Drivers Giorgio Pantano , Nelson Piquet Jr. , Karun Chandhok , Alvaro Parente , Lucas di Grassi , Bruno Senna , Jérôme d'Ambrosio , David Price , Davide Valsecchi , Vitaly Petrov , Romain Grosjean , Gonzalo Rodriguez
Teams Racing Engineering , Trident