The 2016 season of motor sport comes to a climax this evening (2 December), as the FIA Prize Giving ceremony takes place at the Imperial Hofburg Palace in Vienna. The event gathers the year’s FIA championship-winning drivers and teams from around the world to celebrate their achievements. On their way into the Hofburg, the stars of motor sport will walk a red carpet bordered by Austrian fans hoping for a chance to meet their racing heroes, as well as the five World Championship winning cars from Formula One, WRC, WEC, WTCC and World RX.
For the first time, the FIA will broadcast the red carpet arrivals live on the its Facebook page from 18:00 to 18:30 (CET), ensuring it will reach more people than ever before. Highlights from the evening will also be uploaded to the FIA’s YouTube Channel, Facebook and Twitter pages as they happen, giving unprecedented access to the gala.
The stars gathering for the glittering gala include the top three drivers from this year’s F1 World Championship – Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo – four-time FIA WRC champion crew Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, victorious WEC Porsche LMP1 drivers, Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb, as well as all-conquering WTCC ace José Maria Lopez, WRX champion Matthias Ekström and Formula E champion Sébastien Buemi. In addition to the championship honours, a number of other awards will also be presented. These include an award voted for by the public, FIA Action of the Year, as well as the FIA Personality of the Year, which was selected by permanent FIA-accredited journalists and FIA Rookie of the Year, decided by the FIA Drivers’ Commission.