Hamilton, Mercedes, Leclerc scoop awards at FIA prize-giving gala
The celebrities of worldwide motorsports gathered within the Grand Corridor of the historic St. Petersburg Philharmonia in Russia for a glittering night celebrating a number of exceptional sporting achievements.
Spotlight of the annual gala present was the presentation of the FIA Method 1 World Drivers’ Championship Trophy to Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Crew driver made historical past in 2018, turning into solely the third driver to say 5 championship wins, matching the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio and shutting in on seven-time title-winning nice Michael Schumacher. Hamilton took a complete of 11 victories through the 12 months, completed off the rostrum on simply three events and solely as soon as missed out on factors throughout the marketing campaign’s 21 races.
The Briton was pushed exhausting for a lot of the season by chief title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, however 4 consecutive grand prix victories after the game’s conventional August break handed Hamilton a commanding championship lead and on the Mexican Grand Prix fourth place was sufficient to seal a exceptional fifth F1 crown with two rounds in hand.
The F1 Constructors’ title, in the meantime, went to the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Crew for the fifth consecutive time.
Commenting on the workforce’s success, Mercedes workforce principal Toto Wolff mentioned: “It was an unbelievable season. Did I benefit from the battle with Ferrari? No, I didn’t — it was actually robust. However If I look again, I wouldn’t have accomplished it another method. It’s what Method 1 is all about. It’s the top of motor racing and also you count on your opponents to be very sturdy. Ultimately it makes the tip outcome much more gratifying.”
Numerous particular FIA awards had been additionally handed out in St Petersburg.
The Rookie of the Yr prize, voted for by members of the FIA Drivers’ Fee, was received for the second 12 months in a row by Charles Leclerc. The Monegasque racer picked up the 2017 for his march to final 12 months’s Method 2 title and this trip Leclerc was handed the award for the standard of his transition to the highest degree.
Competing with a Sauber F1 workforce that was returning to competitiveness after a fallow interval, Leclerc managed to complete within the factors on new fewer than 10 events, scoring a finest results of sixth place behind the drivers of the game’s high three groups on the Azerbaijan GP. Leclerc’s excellent 2018 performances had been rewarded with a 2019 step as much as Ferrari alongside Vettel.
The Character of the Yr award, voted for by completely accredited media from the FIA’s main championship, was introduced to five-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.
The Motion of the Yr prize, voted for by followers by way of the FIA’s on-line channels, was introduced to WRC star Teemu Suninen, whose epic save from an virtually sure crash throughout Rally Finland was deemed to be probably the most unbelievable second of the 12 months.
In the meantime, Mercedes’ Toto Wolff and the workforce’s Non-Govt Director Niki Lauda received the President’s Award for his or her efforts in securing a fifth consecutive F1 Constructors’ title. The achievement makes Mercedes solely the second workforce in F1 historical past to achieve 5 titles in succession, with archrivals Ferrari recording six in a row from 1999-2004. Wolff was available to gather the award as Lauda continues his recuperation following a double lung transplant.