AUTOSPORT Awards

This year has seen some exceptional racing across a variety of championships across the world, and tonight’s premier motorsport awards, the AUTOSPORT Awards, are being held in London.

Let’s take a quick look at the main contenders we’ll be following who are up for recognition this year:

INTERNATIONAL RACING DRIVER OF THE YEAR
Sebastian Vettel Jenson Button Fernando Alonso
Sebastian Vettel
Became F1’s youngest-ever back-to-back Would Champion; enjoyed a near-flawless year
Jenson Button
This year’s F1 championship runner-up was clearly best-of-the-rest in his McLaren
Fernando Alonso
Slogged away all year despite rarely having a car capable of challenging for the lead
Paul di Resta Romain Grosjean Dario Franchitti
Paul di Resta
Easily F1’s most impressive rookie driver of 2011; a star who will continue to rise
Romain Grosjean
Rebuilt his reputation with a stylish run to claim this year’s GP2 championship crown
Dario Franchitti
Sheer consistency earned him a fourth IndyCar title in five years with Chip Ganassi Racing
PAST WINNERS
1982
Keke Rosberg • 1983 Nelson Piquet • 1984 Niki Lauda • 1985 Alain Prost • 1986 Nigel Mansell • 1987 Nigel Mansell • 1988 Ayrton Senna • 1989 Jean Alesi • 1990 Ayrton Senna • 1991 Ayrton Senna • 1992 Nigel Mansell • 1993 Nigel Mansell • 1994 Damon Hill • 1995 Michael Schumacher • 1996 Damon Hill • 1997 Jacques Villeneuve • 1998 Mika Hakkinen • 1999 Mika Hakkinen • 2000 Michael Schumacher • 2001 Michael Schumacher • 2002 Michael Schumacher • 2003 Juan Pablo Montoya • 2004 Jenson Button • 2005 Kimi Raikkonen • 2006 Fernando Alonso • 2007 Lewis Hamilton • 2008 Lewis Hamilton • 2009 Jenson Button • 2010 Sebastian Vettel

————————————————————————————————————-

RACING CAR OF THE YEAR
Red Bull RB7 McLaren MP4-26 Audi R18
Red Bull Racing RB7 
Rapid everywhere, this Adrian Newey creation claimed another F1 Constructors’ title
McLaren MP4-26
Not the prettiest F1 machine, its pace in races carried Button and Hamilton to five race wins
Audi R18 
Audi’s first closed-cockpit turbodiesel delivered another 24 Hours of Le Mans victory
Peugeot 908 Dallara GP2 Chevrolet Cruze
Peugeot 908
An all-new car carrying its predecessor’s name, it won the Int’l Le Mans Championship
Dallara GP2/11 
Dallara’s latest GP2 chassis delivered ultra-close racing all year long
Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 
The factory Chevrolets claimed every single pole and won 21 of 24 races in this year’s WTCC
PAST WINNERS
1982
Porsche 956 • 1983 Brabham BT52 • 1984 McLaren MP4/2 • 1985 Williams FW10B • 1986 Williams FW11 • 1987 Jaguar XJR8 • 1988 McLaren MP4-4 • 1989 Sauber C9/88 • 1990 Tyrrell 019 • 1991 Jordan 191 • 1992 Williams FW14B • 1993 Williams FW15C • 1994 Benetton B194 • 1995 Williams FW17 • 1996 Williams FW18 • 1997 Williams FW19 • 1998 McLaren MP4-13 • 1999 McLaren MP4-14 • 2000 Ferrari F1-2000 • 2001 Ferrari F1-2001 • 2002 Ferrari F2002 • 2003 Bentley Speed 8 • 2004 Ferrari F2004 • 2005 McLaren MP4-20 • 2006 Renault R26 • 2007 McLaren MP4-22 • 2008 McLaren MP4-23 • 2009 Brawn BGP 001 • 2010 Red Bull RB6

————————————————————————————————————-

BRITISH COMPETITION DRIVER OF THE YEAR
Jenson Button Paul di Resta Dario Franchitti
Jenson Button
This year’s F1 championship runner-up was clearly best-of-the-rest in his McLaren
Paul di Resta
Easily F1’s most impressive rookie driver of 2011; a star who will continue to rise
Dario Franchitti
Sheer consistency earned him a fourth IndyCar title in five years with Chip Ganassi Racing
Robert Huff Dan Wheldon Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Spanien 2011
Robert Huff
Narrowly missed out on this year’s WTCC crown to team-mate Alain Menu
Dan Wheldon
Amazing win at Indy 500; the motorsport world still reels from his Las Vegas death
Nick Tandy 
Outstanding driver in the Porsche Supercup and German Carrera Cup series’
PAST WINNERS
1982
John Watson • 1983 Jonathan Palmer • 1984 Derek Bell • 1985 Nigel Mansell • 1986 Nigel Mansell • 1987 Jonathan Palmer • 1988 Martin Brundle • 1989 Nigel Mansell • 1990 Martin Brundle • 1991 Nigel Mansell • 1992 Derek Warwick • 1993 Damon Hill • 1994 David Coulthard • 1995 Damon Hill • 1996 Damon Hill • 1997 Mark Blundell • 1998 Dario Franchitti • 1999 Eddie Irvine • 2000 David Coulthard • 2001 David Coulthard • 2002 David Coulthard • 2003 Jenson Button • 2004 Andy Priaulx • 2005 Dan Wheldon • 2006 Jenson Button • 2007 Lewis Hamilton • 2008 Allan McNish • 2009 Jenson Button • 2010 Dario Franchitti

[Images via DED Porsche, LAT, Sutton Images]

The following two tabs change content below.

Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.

Latest posts by Richard Bailey (see all)

Share