DECEMBER 9, 2006
The FIA Prizegiving Gala in Monte Carlo is beginning to expand and has started handing out new awards in addition to simply doling out the usual trophies to its champions. This year's haul included FIA Gold Medals for Sir Stirling Moss and the retiring Michael Schumacher. The medal is awarded to an individual who, either through exceptional success, or outstanding effort, has made a substantial contribution to motor racing. The recipient is selected by the FIA Academy, which is made up of eight senior members of the FIA.
Sir Stirling Moss said:
"In my career I had numerous Grand Prix wins, 16 Formula 1 race victories and was runner-up in the World Championship four times, but this is the first FIA award that I have ever won!" said Moss. "This award means a lot to me and I am very proud to receive it."
In addition Bridgestone was awarded with the FIA Academy's annual World Prize for Road Safety, the Environment and Mobility for its outstanding contribution to the promotion of road safety and Paul Ricard was presented with the inaugural Centre of Excellence Trophy, presented by the FIA Institute. There were also the traditional Formula One Administration Trophies for the best promoter and the best TV. This year's promoter award went to Brazil - which is odd considering how rudimentary Interlagos has become in recent years compared to even the worst of the European tracks - while China won the Television Trophy, which means that Formula Administration handed over the award to its sister company Formula One Management, which produced the Chinese show. The award is voted for by all the host broadcasters.
Trophies were also presented to the winners of the Formula 1 World Championship, the FIA World Rally Championship, the FIA World Touring Car Championship and all the other FIA championships from karting to truck racing. Interestingly, the FIA Karting World Championship was awarded to Davide Fore, which suggests that the matter has already been settled despite talk of an appeal.
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