Valtteri Bottas Receives Bandini Trophy
It’s not every day you see a Formula One car on public roads – in fact, it very rarely happens however a few days ago, it happened.
Valtteri Bottas was let loose on the streets of Northern Italy as part of the 2018 Bandini Trophy celebrations where he was awarded the Bandini Trophy for his breakthrough performance in 2017 – becoming the 25th recipient of the prestigious honour.
Established back in 1992, the trophy is awarded by the Associazione Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini in memory of Italian racing driver Lorenzo Bandini.
Lorenzo Bandini achieved success in both Formula 1 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans before tragically losing his life in the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix.
The three-time Formula 1 race winner arrived in style on Saturday afternoon, driving the team’s 2016 Championship-winner. The police escort meant that Valtteri wasn’t able to show-off the full performance of the W07 Hybrid yet it was a sight for the local residents as you can see in the picture below.
Valtteri Bottas was then presented with the trophy at the awards ceremony in the evening saying – “This is a big honour, I saw the list of drivers who have received the Bandini Trophy before and there are some really impressive names on the list – just think of the amount of championships that these people have won!”
Continuing – “I feel very honoured to now be a Bandini winner myself. I had some good moments last year and it’s nice to be recognised for those. Driving the 2016 car on the roads just added to the excitement of this great day.”