First 10 nominated for “FIA Personality of the Year Award”

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Full-time media members of FIA World Championships have made their nominating selections for the 2013 FIA Personality of the Year. The first round of 10 are listed below in alphabetical order, via the official FIA website, with only three directly from Formula One and others from other FIA-sanctioned series.

  • Jost Capito (Head of Volkswagen Motorsport)
  • Eduardo Freitas (FIA World Endurance Championship, Race Director)
  • Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber Formula One Team, Chief Executive Officer)
  • Tom Kristensen (2013 FIA World Endurance Championship Winner)
  • Robert Kubica (2013 FIA World Rally Championship 2 Winner)
  • Sébastien Loeb (9-times FIA World Rally Championship Winner)
  • Yvan Muller (2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship Winner)
  • Adrian Newey (Red Bull Racing Formula One Team, Chief Technical Officer)
  • Sébastien Ogier (2013 FIA World Rally Championship Winner)
  • Sebastian Vettel (2013 FIA Formula One World Championship Winner)

The winner will be revealed at the FIA’s annual prize-giving ceremony in December.

If Vettel doesn’t take it, it will be one of the few things the German hasn’t achieved in 2013.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.