Man of the Year Awards: some consolation for Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton’s unparalleled debut Formula 1 season has been given the ultimate seal of approval by the fans of the sport, with the super rookie cleaning up in F1 Racing magazine’s Man of the Year awards.
The 22-year-old was the voted the winner in five categories – including the prestigious driver and man of the year gongs.
Despite narrowly losing out on the world championship to Ferrari rival Kimi Raikkonen at the final round of 2007, the Briton edged the worldwide fans vote to pip the Finn to the two main awards.
“I really want to be the best at everything that I do,” he said on receiving his best driver award.
“If I make mistakes it’s because I am pushing so hard.
"An award like this is fantastic, because it shows that people notice and appreciate how hard you’re trying. So, thank you to everyone.”
Kimi Takes Some Awards Too
Hamilton also finished ahead of Raikkonen in the qualifier and personality of the year categories, while also unsurprisingly walking away with the rookie of the year vote.
However the new world champion did get his hands on two awards, one of which was the drive of the year for his win at Silverstone.
The season’s third fastest squad, BMW Sauber, took the most improved team honours while Williams’ Nico Rosberg got the equivalent vote for drivers.
To get the full run down of results from all the categories in the global poll – including car, team boss and overtake of 2007 – make sure you buy the December issue of F1 Racing – on sale from Tuesday.
Editor: "Indeed, it seems there are few constants to rely on right now – but
there are two certainties: new world champion Kimi Raikkonen will put
up a strong-arm defence of his title. And Lewis Hamilton, now with a
free hand to mould the McLaren team around him, will be even more
And it’s no coincidence that the two men who’ll embark upon
the next season in the strongest circumstances are the ones who feature
on the cover of F1 Racing’s Man of the Year issue this month. Their
brilliant 2007 performances have been recognised by you, our readers.
For the hordes of you who voted, these two drivers were the men of the
Hamilton’s stunning debut F1 season gave him the edge over
Raikkonen – in your view – to scoop the Personality, Driver and Man of
the Year honours. We explore five reasons for that sensational first
year on page 60. But it was Kimi who won the championship – and, on
page 82, we’ve got an in-depth analysis of the car he drove to six
Pity that no one recognised Kimi’s mistakes in 2005 a result of pushing to the limits – Fernando won 2005′s Man of the Year award. I think it was pretty obvious that Lewis would win this one and good for him. It’s a nice little prizeto consolate his mistakes that blew away the opportunity of a lifetime. Whoops!
Kimi’s race at Silverstone was stunning, Jean Todt calling each lap from start to finish ‘majestic’. I’m so proud that he won Drive of the Year, as he did in 2005 for Monaco, and I’m also proud that I was at that very race! I wonder what the other category is which Kimi won? Whatever it is, he’s my man of the year for making the impossible possible.
The results of all the awards will be posted here, along with scans.