Autosport-Awards 2018: These are the award winners
The Autosport Awards 2018 were presented in London on Sunday evening. Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton was the big winner at the traditional award ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, as he won in both categories in which he was nominated. In addition, Hamilton’s Mercedes car has been awarded a prize for photos: Autosport-Awards 2018 in London.
Lewis Hamilton, who equalled Juan Manuel Fangio with his fifth World Championship title, won the 36th edition of the Autosport Awards in both the Racing Driver of the Year category (presented by Pirelli) and the British Driver of the Year category. However, it was not Lewis who received the honours on Sunday, but Nicolas Hamilton.
Nicolas, the younger brother of Lewis Hamilton, represented the winner, who could not be there himself and therefore addressed the audience via video message. One day before the award ceremony, the Formula 1 World Champion had crashed while testing a Yamaha R1 superbike in Jerez, but was unharmed.
“I’m sorry that I can’t be with you. I still remember 1995 when I was on stage for the first time. It’s an incredible event that gets better every year. I want to thank Autosport and the fans who voted for me. Thank you so much for all your support this year,” Lewis Hamilton said in his video message.
The Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power+, with which Hamilton clinched his fifth World Championship title this year and which brought the Mercedes team its fifth consecutive Constructors’ World Championship title, is the racing car of the year (presented by Pirelli). The prize was received by two Mercedes engineers.
Melancholy for Sebastien Ogiers (ex-)boss Malcolm Wilson
In the two rally categories, the prizes went to WRC Champion Sebastien Ogier for the rally driver of the year and his company car, the Ford Fiesta WRC, for the rally car of the year.
This time will always remain in my heart,” says Ogier, who returns to Citroen for the 2019 WRC season after his second joint WRC title with M-Sport and the sixth of his career.
The prize for the rally car of the year was received wistfully by the aforementioned Malcolm Wilson. “We will miss Sebastien. We had two incredible years together. Now it’s time to gather to see what’s possible. We still have a lot of things to sort out,” says the M-Sport-Boss.
Marquez shines like Hamilton with absence
MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez has won the Motorcycle Racer of the Year category (presented by Tata Communications).
Like Hamilton, Marquez was unable to attend the ceremony in London in person. The five-time MotoGP World Champion also reported via video message: “Of course I’m very happy to receive this special prize and I’m extremely sorry that I can’t be there because I’m in Andorra because of the FIM Gala. But I would like to thank everyone at Motorsport Network for their support over the years. See you in 2019”.
Leclerc Rookie of the Year for the second time in a row
Charles Leclerc is the Rookie of the Year (presented by Richard Mile). Curious: This is the second time in a row that the Ferrari newcomer, this time awarded for his Formula 1 rookie season, has won this prize. In 2017, Leclerc was honoured for his rookie season in Formula 2, which immediately culminated in winning the title.
“It was a great season. I didn’t expect it to go so well or that I would be promoted,” said Monegasse, who is moving from Sauber to Ferrari, adding: “Now I’m looking forward to the new challenges in the coming years.
Dan Ticktum, Vice Champion of the Formula 3 European Championship and winner of the Macau Grand Prix, was awarded in the Drivers of the Year category in Great Britain.
Tom Gamble, who competed in British Formula 3 in 2018, has won the coveted BRDC Young Driver Award presented by McLaren and Autosport for the most convincing young driver. He thus follows in the footsteps of Macau winner Ticktum, who won this prize in 2017 in the form of a test drive in a McLaren Formula 1 car. In the course of 2019 Gamble will be given the opportunity to test a McLaren.
Lifetime Work Award for Häkkinen, Ickx & Ratel
In addition, three motorsport stars were honoured for their outstanding work, which goes far beyond the year 2018. Two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Häkkinen, six-time Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx and SRO boss Stephane Ratel each received the Gregor Grant Award for their life’s work.
Häkkinen, who received the prize exactly 20 years after winning the first of his two World Championship titles in Formula 1, feels touched. “When I think back 20 years, I think of a fantastic time. I started in the Lotus team a few years earlier and experienced two years of ups and downs. Then I went to McLaren – and also experienced ups and downs. But it was an incredible time with great teammates from whom I learned a lot.”
Asked about his rivalry with seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, Häkkinen replied on stage in London with a grin: “The best memories were when I saw him in the rearview mirror. He alludes to the legendary overtaking manoeuvre at the Belgian Grand Prix in 2000.
As far as the name Schumacher is concerned, the future is called Mick by his first name. The Finn met the son of the Formula 1 record world champion “a few times and it’s great to see that he has the strengths of his father. I hope that he will also have his successes,” says Häkkinen.
Technique prizes for Jean Todt and Toto Wolff
To round off the evening in London, three technology prizes were awarded. Owen Heaney, a student at London’s Imperial College, is the winner of the “Engineer of the Future” award presented by Autosport and Williams. FIA President Jean Todt has received the “Pioneering and Innovation” award presented by Mahindra for his contribution to the introduction of Halo cockpit protection in various racing series, including Formula 1. Mercedes Motorsport Director Toto Wolff is the winner of the John Bolster Award for outstanding technical achievements.
All winners at the Autosport Awards 2018:
Elected by the Autosport readers:
Racing driver of the year, presented by Pirelli:
Race car of the year, presented by Pirelli:
Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power+
Rally driver of the year:
Rally car of the year:
Ford Fiesta WRC
Motorcycle racer of the year, presented by Tata Communications:
Rookie of the year, presented by Richard Mile:
British Driver of the Year:
Driver of the Year in Great Britain:
McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award:
Autosport Williams “Engineer of the Future” Award:
Mahindra Pioneering and Innovation Award:
John Bolster Award:
Gregor Grant Award:
Gregor Grant Award:
Gregor Grant Award: