Max Verstappen received his third consecutive Formula 1 world title trophy at the annual FIA Prize Giving ceremony in Baku, Azerbaijan on December 8th, two months after securing the title.
‣ Max Verstappen secured his third consecutive Formula 1 world title on October 7th, but only received his trophy on December 8th at the annual FIA Prize Giving ceremony in Baku, Azerbaijan.
‣ Red Bull Racing, Verstappen’s team, also received recognition with team boss Christian Horner receiving the trophy as the winning constructor.
‣ Sergio Perez, also from Red Bull Racing, was honoured as Formula One World Championship number two, while Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes finished third in the title race.
‣ The FIA Prize Giving ceremony also honoured all FIA world champions, including Jake Dennis (Formula E champion) and Théo Pourchaire (Formula 2).
Max Verstappen, the Formula 1 racing prodigy, bagged his third consecutive world title on October 7th. But, get this, he didn’t get his hands on the trophy until December 8th.
The Red Bull Racing driver had to wait for the annual FIA Prize Giving ceremony to receive his well-deserved accolade. This year, the event took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was on a Friday, and Verstappen finally got to hold his top prize.
Now, picture this: Verstappen, trophy in hand, a triumphant smile on his face.
The FIA even tweeted about it, “@Max33Verstappen is the 2023 FIA Formula One World Champion. Make sure to watch FIA Prize Giving ceremony live now, on FIA YouTube channel #FIAPrizeGiving2023.”
But the party didn’t stop at Verstappen. Red Bull Racing was having a blast. Christian Horner, the team boss, received the trophy as the winning constructor. Sergio Perez, another team member, was honored as Formula One World Championship number two.
Guess who else showed up in Azerbaijan? Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver ended up third in the title race.
Hamilton had a bit of a history with the award ceremony. In 2021, he was the runner-up to Verstappen but decided to skip the ceremony. The Mercedes driver was just too bummed about missing out on the world title in Abu Dhabi.
But it wasn’t all about Verstappen in Baku. The FIA world champions and a few smaller championships got their trophies too. Jake Dennis, the Formula E champion, and Théo Pourchaire, the Formula 2 champ, also received their top prizes.
So, there you have it. The full scoop on the FIA Prize Giving ceremony.