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Verstappen takes third straight FIA Personality of the Year award

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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.