Max Verstappen has won the FIA Personality of the Year award for the third year in a row after being honored in Paris on Friday night.
Verstappen, 20, claimed two race wins for Red Bull en route to P6 in the final drivers’ championship this year despite a rotten reliability record through the middle of the season.
The Dutchman was nominated by permanently accredited journalists of the FIA’s championships to a shortlist of 10 drivers before coming out on top in a second vote.
This marks the third straight year that Verstappen has won the FIA Personality of the Year award that was introduced back in 2013.
In the other awards announced at the Prize Giving in Paris, rally driver Esapekka Lappi won the Action of the Year award for his 33 meter, 120kph flight over the Fafe jump at Rally de Portugal, while Formula 2 champion and 2018 Sauber driver Charles Leclerc was named Rookie of the Year.
Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.
Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.
The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.
DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.
Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.
Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.