The 2020 FIA champions had been honoured within the principle-ever digital Prize Giving ceremony, hosted by FIA President Jean Todt in Geneva, as a glittering finale to the FIA Annual In style Meeting Week.
Unprecedented cases call for invention and creativity, and the Prize Giving ceremony used to be no exception amid the restrictions on mass gatherings within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Motor sport is noted for its skill to fulfill challenges by technique of the energy of know-how. The champions, alongside with FIA Deputy President for Sport Graham Stoker, FIA Vice-Presidents for Sport, members of the World Motor Sport Council, Presidents of Commissions and particular guests joined the tournament by the usage of video conferencing.
The world digital viewers had been allotment of a in fact queer tournament because the excellent performers of 2020 had been famed, tributes paid to those that performed unparalleled feats in queer conditions and these lost to the motor sport fraternity in 2020 had been fondly remembered.
“2020 has been an unheard of year and it’s noteworthy to be here and so as to honour our champions,” talked about FIA President Jean Todt. “Unfortunately, they would possibly be able to’t be with us in particular person tonight, but the greatest ingredient is that, by technique of creativity and resourcefulness, we now have gotten been in a position to put together championships – and we now have gotten champions to have a good time. I’d accumulate to pay credit ranking to all these that made it possible.”
The undoubted standout performer of the evening used to be Lewis Hamilton, whose exploits on and off observe yielded three awards. Hamilton ended the 2020 marketing campaign with 95 huge prix victories after standing on the stay step of the rostrum 11 cases to discover the trophy because the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Champion.
The Briton’s achievements over the course of his career and within the past six months have made him Formula 1’s and motor racing’s greatest star. On the opposite hand, it is never simplest his on-observe exploits which have earned him this year’s Persona of the Yr award.
In that class, Hamilton used to be chosen by completely authorised FIA media from a checklist of nominees, which incorporated fellow Formula 1 stars Pierre Gasly, Lando Norris, Kimi Räikkönen, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, the outgoing CEO of Formula 1 High-tail Carey, Mercedes-AMG Petronas CEO and Team Main Toto Wolff as properly as WRC rally star Elfyn Evans. It used to be the third time Hamilton has scooped the accolade.
Hamilton furthermore featured in a single among three FIA President Awards. The award recognises excellent fulfillment, courage and sportsmanship – regularly within the face of adversity. It furthermore pays tribute to folks who originate an affect on motor sport – and these that make a contribution to a bigger world.
On the side of Michael Schumacher, the pair had been jointly honoured in recognition of their shared fulfillment in successful seven FIA Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championships and the inspiration their carrying and personal commitments have dropped on the sphere.
Lewis has been on the forefront of several campaigns – the FIA and Formula One’s End Racism and #WeRaceAsOne – and promoting diversity in motor sport.
On reaching the landmark of seven world titles and his work with the Hamilton Commission, Hamilton talked about: “It’s such a privilege to accumulate a way to construct the milestone. I didn’t direct in my wildest desires I’d stand here as a seven-time World Champion.
“The Hamilton Commission is about breaking down barriers and organising opportunity and opening up more doorways for all people. I’m in fact hopeful that, alongside with the FIA and Formula 1, we will transfer forward on this direction.”
Michael is the inspiration within the relieve of the Retain Struggling with Foundation, created by the Schumacher family to promote the spirit of perseverance, with which he is synonymous. Only within the near past, the Retain Struggling with Foundation modified into the principle organisation to pledge 5,000 helmets to the FIA Cheap and Pleasurable Helmet marketing campaign.
Accepting the award on Michael’s behalf, his wife Corinna, talked about: “Michael has continuously had a huge heart to attain something for these that are in need. With the Retain Struggling with Foundation, we’re seeking to continue the work that he started.”
In praising the pair, President Todt, added: “Michael and Lewis are champions but furthermore impossible human beings. Michael used to be continuously ready to reinforce any manufacture of chase to income society, as an instance his work on motorway safety. Let us not neglect that, every year, 1.4million of us die on the roads, so that you just can have of us love Michael and Lewis to bewitch with and educate kids is well-known.”
To boot, Hamilton used to be furthermore awarded the Automobile Membership d’Italia (ACI) Trophy for turning into the most effective points’ scorer all by technique of the three Italian Formula 1 Grands Prix staged this season. He accrued 59 points in total with two wins, a seventh location and three fastest laps. The trophy used to be supplied by the usage of video link by Angelo Sticchi Damiani, , FIA Vice-President and the President of the Italien Car Membership ACI.
In what has been an incomparable year for many causes, there had been three FIA President Awards in 2020.
The recipients of the third award had been recognised for his or her bravery and unparalleled response in coming to the abet of Haas F1 group driver Romain Grosjean, following his accident on the opening lap of the Bahrain Extensive Prix.
Marshals from the Bahraini World Circuit rushed to the scene to assist Grosjean’s damage out from the fire that had engulfed his plod car. They had been joined by the FIA Formula 1 Scientific Rescue Co-ordinator Dr Ian Roberts and FIA Formula 1 Scientific Automobile Driver Alan van der Merwe. The blended heroics of this neighborhood of plucky folks supposed that Grosjean emerged with minor burns to his arms.
The Bahraini marshals had been joined by Abdulaziz Al Thawadi, representing his Excellence Sheikh Abdulla Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, the President of the Bahrain Motor Federation, to receive the accolade from FIA President Jean Todt and Professor Gérard Saillant, President of the FIA Scientific Commission.
Commenting on how the FIA’s unstinting efforts in motor sport bring benefits to day to day motorway customers, President Todt, talked about: “It is the characteristic of the FIA to improve safety. As motoring is progressing, motor sport is furthermore progressing. Motor sport have to be a laboratory and each year, we improve the working of motor sport occasions and income mobility.
“Security is continuously on top on our agenda, and we’re participating with the FIA Security Department and the Scientific Commission. We spoke lots about Romain’s accident because it used to be in every single save on TV. We have to work in the direction of our fair of Vision Zero.
“We are relieved that Romain would possibly per chance well perchance damage out, but we want to realise more relating to the accident. We now have to be taught from this as we attain with every accident. That is how we originate motor sport safer gathered.”
Grosjean praised the efforts of the scientific teams. He talked about: “What I went by technique of, I’d love it to no one. Seeing the pictures is gathered subtle for me but it surely makes me in fact jubilant with the scientific teams and the marshals. I am decided they are very proud furthermore. I’m gathered struggling from the burns, but I’m alive.”
The world pandemic deeply impacted the FIA World Rally Championship. The season used to be already underway when the virus hit.
When the championship at closing staged its final round at Rally Monza in December, it used to be Sébastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia who prevailed, clinching their seventh WRC championship. Hyundai Motorsport claimed their 2nd consecutive manufacturers’ crown. “It’s been a particular year for all of us,” Ogier talked about. “We started with three rallies then had a long damage. On every rally, we needed to provide all the pieces we had. Seven is a truly fantastic number.”
Johan Kristoffersson returned to the FIA World Rallycross Championship after a one-year hiatus to narrate a file-breaking third drivers’ accolade. Kristoffersson talked about: “The principle championship opt is queer, but this year used to be very particular. It used to be a busy year with a brand recent schedule, double headers, so you needed to attain properly ready.”
Wanting to the future, an electrical future for FIA World RX, Kristoffersson added: “The way forward for electrical in RX is probably going to be radiant. I had the principle style of it with Impolite E not too long within the past.”
Fellow Swede Joel Christoffersson guided his KYB Team JC squad, with the pairing of Mattias Ekström (2nd overall within the drivers’ standings) and Robin Larsson, to the teams’ crown with two tournament wins and 6 podium finishes.
In an illustration of wonderful what an unheard of year 2020 used to be, the long-lasting 24 Hours Le Mans, the jewel within the crown of the FIA World Persistence Championship, used to be moved to September from its broken-down June date.
Indulge in so many different motor sport occasions, the round-the-clock drama played out sooner than empty grandstands on the Circuit de La Sarthe attributable to health and safety protocols.
The 2019-20 WEC season featured eight occasions in all with the trio of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López taking the drivers’ championship, whereas securing the LMP1 manufacturers’ honours for Toyota Gazoo Racing.
“It has been a long season. With what’s been going on this year, it used to be in fact rewarding to at closing wrap up the championship,” Conway talked about. “I’m having a spy forward to next year and the recent Hypercar know-how.”
The Danish duo of Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim had been top of the LMGTE Skilled class with Aston Martin Racing the successful manufacturer.
The FIA WTCR topped its youngest-ever World Champion, 24-year-used Yann Erhlacher with Cyan Racing Lynk & Co on defending the WTCR teams’ championship.
Since its inaugural season in 2014-15, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, which next season joins the FIA World Championships portfolio, has been surroundings standards within the situation of innovation and different vitality. This year, it modified into the principle world carrying collection to end get zero carbon footprint since inception. Next season it joins the FIA World Championship portfolio.
In 2019-20, the championship used to be as aggressive as ever with a diversified winner at every of the opening five races. 2d places in Chile and Mexico laid the foundations for Portugal’s António Félix da Costa’s maiden opt of the marketing campaign in Morocco.
That victory enabled him to get the championship lead, sooner than the intervention of COVID-19 resulted in a Season 6 climax featuring six, relieve-to-relieve occasions on the used Berlin Tempelhof airport.
Da Costa took two wins within the German capital to round out the season with almost twice as many points as his nearest rival, whereas the Portuguese driver’s DS Techeetah crew had been teams’ champions.
“It used to be a huge explain for me, joining the group this year. I needed to be taught all the pieces,” Da Costa talked about. “We had been on a truly appropriate hump of results but we had been compelled into the lockdown. I felt I was in a considerably better location than my contenders as I wonderful took the lead of the championship, successful in Marrakesh. All people labored very exhausting to originate this occur and I’m in fact grateful for that.”
In FIA Karting World Championship, 19-year-used Callum Bradshaw used to be topped the OK world champion, fellow British driver Freddie Slater, worn 12, obtained the OK-Junior title and, after a quest that has spanned 15 years, France’s Jérémy Iglesias done his ambition of becoming world champion – within the KZ class, on the age of 33.
In single-seaters, the FIA Formula 2 Championship went all of one of many most realistic ways down to the wire with two Ferrari Driver Academy duellists vying for honours on the season’s cease in Bahrain.
The drivers’ championship went to Mick Schumacher ahead of Briton Callum Ilott. Schumacher is having a spy ahead to 2021 when he’ll originate the step as a lot as the premier class with the HAAS Formula 1 group.
Reflecting on his fulfillment, Mick, who not too long within the past took allotment within the F1 rookie driver test at Abu Dhabi, talked about: “I’m wonderful making an strive to accumulate shut what in fact came about this year and one of many most realistic ways far I’ve gotten in my career. It used to be huge to be with the Haas F1 group in Abu Dhabi and seeing how they work. It used to be furthermore worthwhile spending time with them on the younger driver test.”
“I learnt a huge quantity of the most effective way to drive the F1 car – in particular relating to the long runs. I’m having a spy forward to the principle racing now and I will’t wait to soar within the car again.”
In an equally nail-biting elevate out, the FIA Formula 3 Championship culminated in a 3-ability contest on the season-ending denouement in Mugello, where Oscar Piastri and PREMA Racing emerged victorious making it an F2/F3 double for the Italian outfit.
A different of diversified particular awards incorporated the FIA Illustrious Legitimate Of The Yr for Hungary’s Attila László, whose bright record of unwavering dedication and dedication to motor sport after a existence changing damage.
The FIA Rookie Of The Yr used to be chosen from drivers who’ve wonderful performed their first season in an FIA championship. For 2020, a different of emerging skills made their sign of their first season of an FIA competition from off-motorway competitions to top-stage single-seater categories.
The recipient, voted by the FIA Commission judging panel, used to be 20-year-used Eastern racer Yuki Tsunoda, who recorded three wins on his ability to third location within the FIA Formula 2 Championship. In further acknowledgement of his burgeoning skills, Tsunoda will originate his Formula 1 debut with Scuderia Alpha Tauri in 2021.
Formula 1 worn Kimi Räikkönen took the FIA Action Of The Yr trophy. The award celebrates doubtlessly the most spectacular moments of the past racing year and is per chance the most productive prize of the evening voted for by motor sport followers round the sphere on FIA.com.
The legendary Wood brothers, Eddie and Len, with a career spanning eight decades, and a bulging trophy cabinet, which entails 99 NASCAR Cup wins as properly as serving to a decided Jim Clark to Indy 500 glory, had been honoured with the FIA Founding Contributors’ Membership Heritage Cup.
Since 2018, the FIA has been working in partnership with in all likelihood doubtlessly the most famed racing game of all time – Gran Turismo. The 2020 World Finals used to be a world celebration of digital motor sport, with three days of inspiring racing and 40 opponents taking allotment from dwelling in 19 international locations.
In the FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships, Takuma Miyazono used to be topped 2020 FIA GTC Countries Cup Champion whereas Subaru obtained the Manufacturer Sequence with Takuma Miyazono, Mikail Hizal and Daniel Solis.
On a sadder shroud, tributes had been furthermore paid to those whom the motor sport farewelled in 2020 at the side of:
• Sheik Hamad Bin Eid Al Thani – 1966-2020 – Rally Champion
• Uberto Bonucci – 1952-2020 – Ancient Hill Climb Champion
• Fernando Falco – 1939-2020 – President of RACE and FIA Vice-President of Honour
• Daniel Fausel – 1945-2020 – Director of Auto Sport Switzerland and FIA Homologation Commission President
• Otto Flimm – 1929-2020 – President of ADAC and FIA Deputy President of Honour
• Martin Holmes – 1940-2020 – Rally journalist
• Steven Kennedy – 1958-2020 – President of MotorSport Contemporary Zealand
• Burdette Martin – 1946-2020 – President of FIA Homologation Commission President
• Sir Stirling Moss – 1929-2020 – Motorsport Story
• Saša Petrič – 1952-2020 – AMZS Membership Correspondent
• Ron Tauranac – 1925-2020 – Motorsport Engineer
• Fedor Vorobyev – 1973-2020 – Terrifying Country Bajas Champion
The evening concluded with a digital family photo and a final applause for all of the 2020 champions and class winners because the curtain fell on what has been a anxious but within the waste successful motor sport year.
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FIA AWARD WINNERS:
FIA FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DRIVERS
FIA FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR CONSTRUCTORS
MERCEDES-AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM
FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DRIVERS AND CO-DRIVERS
Sébastien OGIER & Julien INGRASSIA
FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MANUFACTURERS
FIA WORLD ENDURANCE LMP DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
Mike CONWAY, Kamui KOBAYASHI, José María LÓPEZ
FIA WORLD ENDURANCE LMP1 CHAMPIONSHIP
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING
FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DRIVERS
FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TEAMS
KYB TEAM JC
FIA KARTING WORLD CHAMPION – OK
FIA KARTING WORLD CHAMPION – OK-JUNIOR
FIA KARTING WORLD CHAMPION – KZ
ABB FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DRIVERS
António Félix DA COSTA
ABB FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TEAMS
FIA PRESIDENT SPECIAL AWARD
Dr Ian ROBERTS, Alan van de MERWE, Sheikh ABDULLA and the Bahrain World Circuit Marshals
FIA PERSONALITY OF THE YAR
FIA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
FIA ACTION OF THE YEAR
FIA OUTSTANDING OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR
FIA FORMULA 2 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DRIVERS
FIA FORMULA 2 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TEAMS
FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DRIVERS
FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TEAMS
FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP LMGTE FOR DRIVERS
Marco SØRENSEN & Nicki THIIM
FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP LMGTE FOR MANUFACTURERS
ASTON MARTIN RACING
FIA ENDURANCE TROPHY FOR LMP2 DRIVERS
Filipe ALBUQUERQUE & Philip HANSON
FIA ENDURANCE TROPHY FOR LMGTE AM DRIVERS
Emmanuel COLLARD, François PERRODO, Nicklas NIELSEN
FIA CERTIFIED GRAN TURISMO CHAMPIONSHIPS – NATIONS CUP
FIA CERTIFIED GRAN TURISMO CHAMPIONSHIPS – MANUFACTURER SERIES
Takuma MIYAZONO, Mikail HIZAL, Daniel SOLIS (TEAM SUBARU)
FIA WTCR WORLD TOURING CAR CUP FOR DRIVERS
FIA WTCR WORLD TOURING CAR CUP FOR TEAMS
CYAN RACING LYNK & Co
FIA WTCR WORLD TOURING CAR CUP FOR ROOKIES
FIA WRC CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TEAMS
HYUNDAI 2C COMPETITION
FIA WRC JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Tom KRISTENSSON & Joakim SJÖBERG
FIA WRC2 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DRIVERS & CO-DRIVERS
Mads ØSTBERG & Torstein ERIKSEN
FIA WRC2 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TEAMS
FIA WRC3 CHAMPIONSHIP
Jari HUTTUNEN & Mikko LUKKA
FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
Alexey LUKYANUK & Dmitry EREMEEV
FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TEAMS
RALLYE TEAM SPAIN
FIA NACAM RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
Ricardo TRIVIÑO & Marc MARTI
FIA MIDDLE EAST RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
Nasser AL-ATTIYAH & Mathieu BAUMEL
FIA EUROPEAN RALLY TROPHY
Ondrej BISAHA & Petr TEŠÍNSKÝ
FIA RGT CUP
Andrea MABELLINI & Jiri CERNOCH
FORMULA REGIONAL EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP CERTIFIED BY FIA
FORMULA 3 ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIP CERTIFIED BY FIA
FORMULA REGIONAL AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP CERTIFIED BY FIA
F4 NACAM CHAMPIONSHIP CERTIFIED BY FIA
Noel Jesús León VÁSQUEZ
F4 USA CHAMPIONSHIP CERTIFIED BY FIA
F4 UAE CHAMPIONSHIP CERTIFIED BY FIA
F4 SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP CERTIFIED BY FIA
F4 SOUTH EAST ASIA CHAMPIONSHIP CERTIFIED BY FIA
F4 ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP CERTIFIED BY FIA
F4 GERMAN CHAMPIONSHIP CERTIFIED BY FIA
F4 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP CERTIFIED BY FIA
F4 JAPANESE CHAMPIONSHIP CERTIFIED BY FIA
F4 FRENCH CHAMPIONSHIP CERTIFIED BY FIA
FIA KARTING EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – OK
Andrea Kimi ANTONELLI
FIA KARTING EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – JUNIOR
FIA KARTING EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – KZ
FIA KARTING EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – KZ2
FIA KARTING INTERNATIONAL SUPER CUP – KZ2
FIA KARTING ACADEMY TROPHY
FIA TROPHY FOR HISTORIC REGULARITY RALLIES
Michel DECREMER & Patrick LIENNE