Highlights from last Friday’s FIA Prize Giving Ceremony in Qatar

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Formula One’s standard mix of glitz and glamour featured an added Arabian flair last Friday night as the FIA honored its main champions in the 2014 Prize-Giving Ceremony from Doha, Qatar.

On the heels of his title-clinching victory in Abu Dhabi, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was officially awarded his second F1 World Championship trophy while his boss, Toto Wolff, was handed the constructor’s championship.

Also honored from F1 were Hamilton’s teammate, Nico Rosberg, for his runner-up performance in the standings; Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who finished third behind the Silver Arrows; and future Red Bull pilot Daniil Kyvat, who earned the Rookie of the Year award for his work in 2014 with Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Other champions from across various FIA disciplines were also recognized, including World Endurance Championship driver’s co-titlists Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson, FIA World Touring Car Champ Jose Maria Lopez, and FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg.

An F1-centric video of highlights from the evening has now been put up on the series’ official website. You can check out the clip here.

Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”