Kubica wins the inaugural FIA Personality of the Year award

Robert Kubica at the FIA Gala Awards

Robert Kubica at the FIA Gala Awards

Poland’s ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica has won the inaugural FIA ‘Personality of the Year’ award after a successful season in rallying.

The former Renault F1 driver, fighting back from a near fatal rally crash that ended his grand prix career in 2011, won the second tier WRC2 championship at the first attempt and could move up to the main series next year.

The award, at a gala prizegiving ceremony in Paris on Friday night, followed a vote by media permanently accredited to the governing International Automobile Federation’s World Championships.

Kubica saw off rivals on a shortlist of 10 that included Red Bull‘s quadruple Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel, world Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier and Red Bull principal Christian Horner.

Robert Kubica during the Rally Italia Sardegna.

Robert Kubica during the Rally Italia Sardegna.

Ogier and Volkswagen co-driver Julien Ingrassia won the FIA’s new ‘Moment of the Year’ award, chosen by followers of the FIA’s facebook page from a shortlist of 12 videos that did not feature any Formula 1 races.

Vettel was officially presented with the Formula 1 Champion’s trophy for the fourth successive year.

The season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix won the award for the best promoter while Britain’s Sky Sports television won the broadcasters’ trophy for the second year in a row. (Reuters)

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  • gracias

    thank god a person without personality, Vettel didn’t win it..kubica ur a great racer..hope u return to f1

  • Hawk

    As 4 time WDC one would be forgiven for assuming it would be his nite but Alonso stole the thunder from him by toasting to Webber and Kubica.

  • StevetheGreat

    Sad but he is old news now.

  • Tinto

    Sometimes we take satisfaction from little things when nothing big remains for grabbing.

    Talking about Seb’s personality or so-called stealing the thunder as an important matter that by the way that wasn’t for Alonso, but for Kubica especially and Webber secondary (Alonso owed it to Mark for being the third Ferrari driver for quite a while).

  • matthew

    Personality of the year? Can an award be lamer than that?

  • O’Ferrari

    @matthew

    Attendance award?

    I reckon a popularity contest like this is okay. I’d vote for kubica or maybe even mika hakkinnen.

  • cheqflag

    congrats Robert :)

    what next..the best sunglasses and big watch award?