Verstappen wins FIA personality, action and rookie awards


18-year-old Max Verstappen was the biggest winner at last night’s end-of-season FIA gala on the Champs-Elysées in Paris as he took home three awards.

Verstappen made his Formula 1 debut in March at the age of 17, becoming the youngest ever driver to start a grand prix.

His youth mattered little when it came to his on-track performances as he finished the season as the highest-ranking rookie, recording a best result of fourth in Hungary and the USA.

Verstappen was voted the FIA Rookie of the Year award by the FIA drivers’ commission following his impressive debut season, and won the FIA Personality of the Year following votes cast by accredited media.

Finally, Verstappen won the Action of the Year award for his impressive overtake on Felipe Nasr around the outside of Blanchimont during the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

“I am amazed and very happy to have won three awards this evening at such an important event, and at the end of only my first year in Formula 1,” Verstappen said.

“It’s nice to win the Action of the Year for the second time, because I really enjoy overtaking on track.

“It’s a great honour to win the Rookie of the Year award, as it’s voted for by the Drivers’ Commission and I have to say, getting two fourth place finishes in my first F1 season is more than I expected.

“Personality of the Year? I’m not sure why I won that, but it’s nice to know the media like me!”