FIA: Motorsports Champions honoured in Paris

FIA: Motorsports Champions honoured in Paris
during the FIA Prize Giving 2015 on December 4th 2015, at Paris, France. Photo Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

during the FIA Prize Giving 2015 on December 4th 2015, at Paris, France. Photo Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

Paris, 5 December 2015-The winners of this year’s FIA Championships have been honoured in a glittering 2015 FIA Prize-Giving ceremony at the famed Lido theatre in Paris.

In the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, the most significant triumphs of the motor sport year took centre stage at the iconic home of cabaret on the Champs-Elysées.

While the gala evening was naturally somewhat restrained in light of the shocking events in Paris three short weeks ago, the evening was still a celebratory and quintessentially French affair, while giving the year’s biggest winners their due.

At the head of the list of Champions sits 2015 FIA Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton who in accepting the Drivers’ Championship trophy for the third time took his place among the legends of the sport.

Hamilton’s 2015 triumph writes his name in the history books alongside iconic names such as Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet and his boyhood hero, Ayrton Senna. On his way to the title, the Briton climbed to third on the lists of both all-time wins and pole positions, and matched the record for the highest number of podiums in a season.

Prize Giving family photo

“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.”

This year’s FIA World Rally Champion, Sébastien Ogier, is another driver in the process of immortalising himself as one of the greats of his discipline.

Alongside his long-time co-driver Julien Ingrassia, Ogier claimed his third consecutive World Championship title with Volkswagen Motorsport. The victory places him fourth on the list of all-time Champions in the WRC, and in seven short seasons Ogier has the second-highest number of event wins of all time, only beaten by nine-time Champion Sébastien Loeb.

Conversely, the winning crew of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship are all first-time World Champions.

Mark Webber, the battle-hardened Formula One veteran taking on a new challenge, Brendon Hartley, the young and raw talent, matured by endurance racing and Timo Bernhard, the experienced Le Mans winner. The trio proved to be a formidable combination, and after finishing second at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, they took four consecutive race wins to seal the title in a dramatic season finale in Bahrain.

In the FIA World Touring Car Championship and the FIA World Rallycross Championship, drivers José Maria Lopez and Petter Solberg both defended their respective titles from last season. However, they did so in dramatically different fashion.

Lopez always looked like a title favourite, from the start of the championship to the end, taking ten race victories out of 24 to clinch the title with a round to spare. Solberg, though, endured a difficult middle part of the season before finishing with four podiums in the last five rounds to confirm his Championship at the finale in Argentina.

Champion teams were also honoured during the gala, with Mercedes-AMG Petronas (F1), Volkswagen Motorsport (WRC), Porsche (WEC), Citroen (WTCC) and Peugeot-Hansen (World RX) displaying their victorious cars on the Lido stage.

Another highlight of the evening was the crowning of the very first FIA Formula E Champion, Nelson Piquet Jr, who endured a thrilling battle in the final round at London earlier this year to win by one point from Sebastien Buemi.

CIK-FIA World Karting Champions Karol Basz (KF), Jorrit Pex (KZ) and 14 year-old Logan Sargeant (KF Junior) also received their awards; one of the biggest reactions of the night was saved for Sargeant when he told the crowd of the eight long years that had gone into his World Championship.

While the stars headlined the evening, Champions from a huge array of disciples and international regions were honoured at the gala. This year’s dominant Formula 3 driver, Felix Rosenqvist collected his FIA Formula 3 European Championship and FIA F3 Intercontinental Cup (Macau Grand Prix) trophies. French rally star-of-the-future Quentin Gilbert also collected trophies for WRC3 and Junior WRC, while Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah took home both the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies and the WRC2 trophies.

Winning drivers and co-drivers for all of the FIA Regional rally championships were celebrated, as were the FIA Formula 4 champions from all around the world. The FIA GT World Cup winning driver (Maro Engel) and manufacturer (Mercedes-Benz) picked up their trophies, while Richard Lietz and Porsche took the titles in the FIA World Endurance Championship GT category.

A number of special Formula One awards were presented to those achieving excellence at the pinnacle of the sport. Broadcaster Canal Latin America was awarded the F1 Television Trophy, CIE was presented with the Best Promoter Award for the incredible Mexican Grand Prix event, and the FIA’s German ASN, DMSB, won the Bernie Ecclestone award with German drivers having scored most points during the FIA Formula One World Championship.

Other award winners included FIA Masters Historic classes, the successful Venturi land speed record attempt and Adrian Fawdington, the FIA’s Outstanding Official of the Year.

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9 hrs ago

MotoGP

Throwing it back to the #Moto2 race of the #BritishGP 2012 🇬🇧

Enjoy the last laps battle for the 2nd place between Marquez and Redding! ⚔️

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I was there.....Brilliant racing!!

Very drunk day but remember the race. Loved watching Scott race. All packed and ready for Silverstone Thursday morning.

Fantastic battle 👍

I was there, great finish. Home crowd went wild when Redding got back in front, then deadly silent when Marquez had a look up inside on last bend, then wild again when Redding cut back across. Amazing stuff!

Amazing

Redding and Iannone can beat Marquez they just don't get competitive bikes

Great performance by Pol & Scott at the end💪🏼..that was a cracker💥..

Very nice

Very nice

All these guys are big talents. Many riders like Pol Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista, Bradley Smith, Antony West & many more are great riders and capable of winning championships ( capable ). People underestimate these guys by their bad results, but really..top material is key in these classes, especially in the MotoGp class. Give them a solid ride and they'll blow your mind

Redding never got the ride he deserved.

2019, #93 is the winner..😋🏁

special suter chassis for marc and mysterious team 😉 after marc step up to motogp, this team directly disappear, nobody know where are they now.

however Mac Marquez with his current performance does not have to be Marquez's best

Just shows how good Redding was but never really got the bike to really take it to them in Motogp.

Very cool video MotoGP. More like this one please!!!

Man, I miss Scott Redding in the padock "let's get it babi"

Muy buena carrera no apta para cardíacos 🤭🤭🤭

Luthi is moto2 governor.. 🤣🤣🤣

Forget just how good Redding could have been with a decent bike

now whrs redding? gone?

Nice to see maq battle for other place than 1st

Kaj mu je pa SCOTT REDDING naredil,šale in kape.😀

Bring back Redding

duel one on one in the final lap marquez lose .....

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12 hrs ago

MotoGP

The dramatic moment which cost Marc Márquez a shot at victory at Silverstone two years ago! 😱

The world champion's misfortune opened the door for Andrea Dovizioso to snatch the win! 💨

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Good Day all.

Encore! Encore! Do it again!

Unlikely to be repeated! Hope Dovi brings his A game though. 👍🏼👍🏼

Gave the rest a chance

So what's new?? Sometimes these kind of technical failures happens in Motorsport... Very rare that engine blow sky high to premier class bike.

I love coming here and waiting for all the Yellow gob smokers.

I thought "the legend" was gonna win that day.. 😅

Was at this race, and that bike blowing up was almost as good as a Rossi win 😀

RAre footage for sure

Ah, I could watch that Honda blow up all day every day...

Alex Groenewold finger cross 😅👍.. voor komend weekend

#MM93 Come Back STRONGER! 💪💪💪😎👍👍👍

Fast forward >>>> he is the world champion!!

Wow

Wow

And finaly , the boss MM93 won the title one more time

Saya Mie Halim moh top fan sama sama

Nothing can stop him not even a broken bike ! Simply the king of MotoGP !

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14 hrs ago

F1

Cue the celebrations, Bob! 🍾👏 ... See Less

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( •_•) ( >💎 oh! Preciosa insignia! /︶\

“As you can see, I’m a bit high mileage” - 😂 - Bob’s funny! What a lucky guy - I’d give my right arm to work for F1❗️

Must be an awesome feeling..I certainly Would love to work with f1 even if it was to clean a window.

Nice. Long time lots of great words over the years

Awesome to get behind the scenes!

I love the voice of that guy

Cheers to the great Bob!!!

Amazing. I remember this voice. Thanks.

More than 660 wow ! I mean that’s amazingly nice, being with the next generation sharing your experience & catching something new from them it’s a nice way. Good going Bob keep it up & don’t forget to change the baton when you still can... 👍

Bobs Brilliant we love Bob in our house 👍🏻

Love these little insights into the F1 community 👍

It’s nice to now be able to put a name/face to the voice. Keep up the good work Bob. 🎤 🔈

Amazing with the “carmen opera” music

Awesome to put the face to the voice.

Hey I’m a top fan again, but it is really cool to put a face to the voice. I never really thought about it till I saw this

Big respect for Bob cheers 🍾🍾

I now have proof of what he does when he goes away. He is my legend

I should celebrate with champagne too after being promoted to top fan for god knows what reason 😂

Finally we get to see the man! 🙌🏻

I always wondered who did the podium announcements and if it was done locally or in England. 👍

Thanks for the Top Fan position!

Never seen the man behind the legendary announcements !

Wait, what if he is the meow guy! 😆

Always wondered who did the podium announcements and now we can put a face to the voice

660 races and counting .....give Bob some champaaaaaaaagne!! 🍾🍾

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