Verstappen a dou­ble win­ner at FIA awards

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Dutch For­mula One driver Max Verstappen col­lected two spe­cial awards for the sec­ond year in a row at the In­ter­na­tional Au­to­mo­bile Fed­er­a­tion (FIA)’s gala prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony on Fri­day.

The 19-year-old won the Per­son­al­ity of the Year, while his over­take of Nico Ros­berg’s Mercedes in the wet at the Brazil­ian Grand Prix was judged Ac­tion of the Year across all FIA-sanc­tioned se­ries.

The per­son­al­ity award was voted for by the in­ter­na­tional me­dia.

Verstappen, who be­came the youngest ever grand prix win­ner in Spain in May and is now the hottest young tal­ent in the sport, has now won the Ac­tion of the Year award for three suc­ces­sive years.

He won it last year for a dar­ing move on Brazil­ian Felipe Nasr around the out­side at Blanchi­mont at the Bel­gian Grand Prix. In 2014, while in Euro­pean F3, his last lap over­take of Ital­ian An­to­nio Giov­inazzi was the win­ner. “I’m very happy with my sec­ond sea­son in F1,” said the Red Bull driver. “When it started, I didn’t think it was go­ing to be this good... hope­fully we can be even more suc­cess­ful next year.” Ros­berg, who won the cham­pi­onship in Abu Dhabi last Sun­day, was handed his tro­phy at the cer­e­mony­hours af­ter he stunned For­mula One by an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment.

“It’s mis­sion ac­com­plished for me. I’ve done it. That’s the dream come true,” said the Ger­man, son of 1982 world cham­pion Keke. “When I saw this tro­phy for the first time straight away I had a look at where my dad was. So I found my dad down there and for me that’s one of the most emo­tional things about all this that I man­aged to achieve what he did 34 years ago and share that with him,” he added.

Ros­berg also said he would have con­tin­ued for an­other year had he come sec­ond in the cham­pi­onship to team mate Lewis Hamil­ton, in­stead of beat­ing him. —

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