F1 aces Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen star at World Champion awards gala
The FIA hosted its annual World Championship awards presentation in Paris last night and F1 stars Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were the highli...
The FIA hosted its annual World Championship awards presentation in Paris last night and F1 stars Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were the highlight.
Hamilton collected his third F1 world drivers' championship trophy, while Verstappen scooped three awards that were voted by ex drivers and media.
The Dutch teenager won the Personality of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Action of the Year – the first time anyone has claimed three vote-based awards in the same season. Verstappen won Action of the Year in 2014; this year he was a popular choice for his audacious pass around Felipe Nasr at Blanchimont, Spa in the Belgian GP. Both Verstappen and his ex racer Dad Jos have said that they reckon this was his best overtake of the year.
"I am amazed and very happy to have won three awards this evening at such an important event, and at the end of only my first year in Formula 1,” said Verstappen.
“It’s nice to win the Action of the Year for the second time, because I really enjoy overtaking on track.
“It’s a great honour to win the Rookie of the Year award, as it’s voted for by the Drivers’ Commission and I have to say, getting two fourth place finishes in my first F1 season is more than I expected.
“Personality of the Year? I’m not sure why I won that, but it’s nice to know the media like me!”
Hamilton meanwhile was lost for words as he received the world champion's trophy for the third time, putting him on a par with Sir Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna, Sir Jack Brabham, Nelson Piquet and Niki Lauda.
“It’s pretty much impossible to put into words what it means to be a three-time world champion,” said Hamilton.
“It is a dream, it’s an incredible feeling and I’m very proud of my family for everything they did to get me here today.
“I remember how hard my Dad and my Mum worked to make sacrifices for me. It’s been a long, long journey – I’ve been racing for 22 years.
“This year, winning the race in Austin and sealing the championship there was one of the most special races – there’s a huge sense of pride in what I have achieved.”
Some well known ex F1 drivers were also honoured. Mark Webber finally claimed a World Drivers' Championship, for his success in WEC with Porsche this year, while Nelson Piquet Jr claimed the first Formula E Drivers' crown.
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