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Verstappen scoops two awards at FIA Gala prize-giving

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Verstappen scoops two awards at FIA Gala prize-giving
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Dec 3, 2016, 12:23 PM

Max Verstappen won two FIA awards on Friday evening for his performances in the 2016 Formula 1 season, along with champions from various categories across motorsport in the FIA Gala at Vienna.

Lewis Hamilton, World Champion Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Mattias Ekström, World RX champion
Porsche Team WEC champions Neel Jani, Marc Lieb, Romain Dumas and Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1, Porsche Team
Jose Maria Lopez, Citroën
Jean-Paul Driot, DAMS, Sébastien Buemi
Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, WRC champions
Frédéric Sausset receives the President Award from FIA President Jean Todt with Christophe Tinseau
Tom Kristensen and Rookie of the Year Kevin Hansen, Peugeot Hansen Academy
Toto Wolff, Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director, World Champion Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1, Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing

The Red Bull driver, who was drafted into the senior team from Toro Rosso at the Spanish Grand Prix, where he took his maiden F1 win, finished the year fifth in the standings, scoring seven podiums.

For his performances over the season, Verstappen was awarded the 'FIA Personality of the Year' trophy for the second time in a row, after winning it in his debut F1 season.

The Dutch driver was also handed the 'FIA Action of the Year' award for his move on the newly-crowned F1 champion Nico Rosberg in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The traditional end-of-the-year ceremony also saw Rosberg pick up the trophy for winning the 2016 championship, the German having announced his shock retirement earlier in the day.

Rosberg's teammate Lewis Hamilton collected his second place trophy, while Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo took the third place award, as Toto Wolff took the constructors' trophy on behalf of Mercedes.

Organisers of the Mexican Grand Prix were awarded the FIA Promoter of the Year for the second time in a row.

Other champions honoured

The Vienna event also saw the champions and runners-up from other major FIA categories presented with their respective trophies.

In WEC, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas took the drivers' trophy, while Porsche's Fritz Enzinger collected the manufacturers' award.

Meanwhile, Sebastien Ogier (along with co-driver Julien Ingrassia), Jose Maria Lopez, Mattias Ekstrom, Sebastien Buemi and Lance Stroll collected their respective prizes for winning in WRC, WTCC, World Rallycross, Formula E and European F3.

The FIA Rookie of the Year award went to the youngest European Rallycross champion Kevin Hansen, who also competed in select World Rallycross races.

The first-ever President's Award, presented by FIA President Jean Todt, was given to French driver Frederic Sausset, who raced the Garage 56 entry in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

The quadruple amputee shared a specially-adapted Morgan LMP2 with Christophe Tinseau and Jean-Bernard Bouvet, the trio finishing the race in 38th overall.

Check out the full gallery from the FIA Gala.

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