Reviews Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes recognized as driver / team of the year

15:50  10 december  2020
15:50  10 december  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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The Mercedes team wins two awards from Auto Bild motorsport at the "Motorsporter of the Year" awards - Toto Wolff also thanks Michael Schumacher

The specialist magazine Auto Bild motorsport chooses in in the current issue of Auto Bild the Motorsportman of the Year. The big winners: the seven-time record world champion Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes Formula 1 team.

Hamilton received the Golden Shoe as "Race Driver of the Year" at the Bahrain Grand Prix, shortly before it tested positive for Corona. Mercedes sports director Toto Wolff received the trophy for team of the year.

Wolff describes it as a "great honor" to be able to accept the award on behalf of his racing team. "Auto Bild is one of the most important car magazines in our home market of Germany, and so I am very happy to accept this award on behalf of all my colleagues."

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He also takes the opportunity to thank his parent company in detail: "Without Daimler, the success of the past few years would not have been possible. We have the support of the entire Daimler family, and it is a great privilege to have this company on the racetrack to represent. "

He praises his predecessors, including Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher: "Success always has many fathers. Michael was definitely involved in laying the basis for the success of this team, together with Norbert Haug and Ross Brawn. Without all of them, this team would not exist in its current form. Their joint preparatory work was the platform that made these series victories possible for us. "

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Toto Wolff praises the achievements of Michael Schumacher, Norbert Haug and Ross Brawn

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Awards for champions and Formula E founder

Other champions were also honored: DTM champion Rene Rast celebrates his tenth title in 15 years of motorsport. It is already his third golden shoe as DTM champion. "If you keep feeling this pressure for 13 years, at some point you will be so hardened that you have an advantage over drivers who do not have that much experience," says the 34-year-old.

Michael Ammermüller and Christian Engelhart were honored for the title in the GT Masters, Antti Buri accepted the Golden Shoe for winning the title in the TCR Germany.

There was a special award for Alejandro Agag, the founder of Formula E and Extreme E: The Spaniard received a prize for sustainable motorsport. "A price like this means that we are heading in the right direction," says Agag, who turned 50 in September.

"We want to bring the message of sustainability to motorsport - and thus to society. It is important for us that this commitment is recognized by Auto Bild, because it confirms that our idea is right."

With images from Mercedes.

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