Max Verstappen and Red Bull officially crowned F1 champions – Reigning world champion Max Verstappen was presented with his trophy at the FIA awards ceremony in Bologna, Italy on Friday 9 December. Lewis Hamilton snubs the awards Gala by not attending, much like last year, despite being awarded an honour.
The 2022 F1 World Champion Max Verstappen and the Red Bull Racing team received their trophy at the FIA awards ceremony in Italy on Friday evening.
Hosted by FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the FIA Awards evening took place in Bologna, Italy and celebrated not only the world champions and their teams in the various categories of motorsport, but also the many people who make the sport what it is.
The evening was the culmination of a record-breaking season for Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen. The Dutchman recorded 15 wins – a new record for a single season. He won two of the year’s three Sprints and amassed the highest single-season points total (454) in the sport’s history by winning his second consecutive world title.
After receiving his trophy, Max Verstappen said: “All your life you aim to be world champion, but this year we were more competitive and we won the drivers’ and constructors’ championships, so I would like to say that this one is better than last year and more rewarding, but the first one is always more emotional,” said the Dutchman.
The constructors’ title was presented by F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali to Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner, who said:
“For nine years there was only one constructor on this trophy. This has been the most incredible year for the team. We have broken every record we have ever had. Tonight I would like to dedicate this one to Dietrich Mateschitz (former Red Bull owner, who passed away this year).”
In addition, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc received the vice-champion trophy, while Max Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez of Mexico received the third-place trophy.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton received the Action of the Year award for his overtaking of Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Hamilton fended off competition for the award from F3 star Ollie Bearman’s overtakes at Zandvoort and moments from Formula E duo Alex Sims and Jean-Eric Vergne.
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The evening ended with a ‘family photo’ and a final round of applause for all the 2022 champions and class winners as the curtain came down on what has been an eventful year of motorsport.
Hamilton snubs FIA award ceremony, again
Much like last year, Lewis Hamilton did not attend the FIA Gala so was not present to collect his award. Unlike last year, he won’t be fined for it as this time it was Charles Leclerc who was runner up and the Monegasque was on stage carrying out his obligations.