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Norris awarded Lorenzo Bandini Trophy

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In the round-up: Lando Norris has been awarded the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy for his performance in the 2023 season.

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Norris wins Bandini Trophy

McLaren’s Lando Norris became the latest recipient of the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy in a ceremony in Italy.

First awarded in 1992, the trophy is presented to a figure within Formula 1 chosen by a committee who has demonstrated notable proficiency during the previous year. It is dedicated in honour of late Ferrari driver Lorenzo Bandini, winner of the 1964 Austrian Grand Prix, who was tragically killed after an accident during the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix.

Norris is the latest driver to be awarded the trophy after Kevin Magnussen was the winner last year.

Lamborghini confirm hypercar lineup

Lamborghini and Iron Lynx have confirmed their two driver teams who will race in the World Endurance Championship and IMSA series in their new SC63 LMDh hypercar.

Former Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat, Formula E racer Edoardo Mortara and Mirko Bortolotti will team up in the WEC, while newly announced Juncos IndyCar driver Romain Grosjean will join Andrea Caldarelli and Matteo Cairoli for the team’s IMSA campaign

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Sami Meguetounif will move up into Formula 3 for 2024 with Trident, the team has announced.

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Audi’s new CEO may have come out and reaffirmed his commitment to their Formula 1 entry in 2026, but ianhaycox isn’t convinced…

I’ll be amazed if we see Audi in F1 at all.

Why spend millions on a new ICE when Audi customers will not even be able to buy a new Audi with an ICE in most territories. It just doesn’t make any sense to me, for them to flounder around at the back of the grid until 2028 probably, with what possible marketing angle?

With the emergence of more affordable EVs, government buying incentives and climate crisis pressures, three years is now a long time in the auto industry.

I predict in two years’ time, they will be back-tracking.

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13 comments on “Norris awarded Lorenzo Bandini Trophy”

  1. hopefully he really fleshes out every race in 2024 and is able to unquestionably/smoothly approach every potential outcome. Not sure if McLaren will be as competitive next year as I suspect Merc and Ferrari will significantly up their performance.

  2. I don’t get the reference in Zhou’s Tweet, but a cute cat in that (probably random) image.

    1. He’s adopted a cat, not sure how much more obvious it could be 😼

      1. Wrong. This tweet is an invitation. The picture is “my world” in Zhou’s view. He says “welcome”! He is the cat. He needs love, obviously the heart. He wants meaning to his life but he is stuck, his mind is hardcoded to do only one thing. Pursuit a red dot. Is it money? Parental approval? Albon’s rain light LEDs? He wants to get out of this cage.
        Next time you read X (formerly Twitter) at least try to understand it.

      2. Lewisham Milton
        16th December 2023, 0:12

        I think he’ll find the cat’s adopted him.

        1. I think he’ll find the cat’s adopted him.

          Dogs have owners, cats have staff.
          I’m under multiple ownership/adoption

  3. Sometimes I wonder what the criteria is for the Bandini trophy. Norris was good this year .. in fact.. I’d rate him as the 3rd best driver overall, but I’d say Alonso was far more impressive. He got more podiums, more points and put in stellar overtaking moves to cement that P4 in the WDC.

    Magnussen won it in 2022… God knows what they were smoking.

    1. but I’d say Alonso was far more impressive. He got more podiums, more points and put in stellar overtaking moves to cement that P4 in the WDC.

      Of course the Bandini Trophy isn’t about on track performance, but more about how you achieved* it. Also Alonso was awarded it before (there been no repeat recipients).

      *Their check list for ‘achievement’ seems to include: are you Italian; are you linked to Ferrari; does Ferrari want you to driver for them; and probably any other reason not to pick Sainz.

  4. That pitstop in the dark is faster then some teams during races……… impressive!

    Nice kitten i hope he has enough time to be around the little fellow to create a good bond.

  5. Coventry Climax
    15th December 2023, 10:39

    According to Wikipedia:

    The Lorenzo Bandini Trophy (Italian: Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini) is an annual award honouring an individual or team for their achievements in Formula One motor racing.

    I remember when Bruna Senna was handed (can’t get to saying ‘awarded’ in his case) the trophy, they said it was for all the things he’d been doing off the track, not his results on track (obviously). But what were the things he achieved for F1? Beats me.
    Does anyone have the real criteria they use to award this trophy?
    The previous ‘winners’ are a mix of downright mediocre up to quite outstanding drivers.
    What’s the point of this award actually?

    1. What’s the point of this award actually?

      Solid excuse for a get-together with loads of food and drink?

      1. Coventry Climax
        16th December 2023, 9:59

        I do that all the time, without the need for any excuse.

    2. In the article it says he received it for “notable proficiency” which sounds like one of those awards they make up at school for “pupil with tidiest desk” so that everyone gets an award.

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