"So, 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."
Several other members of the Mercedes team also picked up accolades. Aldo Costa, Engineering Director, and Riccardo Musconi, senior Race Engineer on No.44, were each presented with the European Community Award.
Meanwhile Andrea Dolfi, Global Technology Manager, Engine Fluids & Motorsport at Petronas Lubricants International (PLI) was awarded the prize from the Emilia Romagna Motor Valley panel.
Following on from the incredible W07 run and the awards ceremony, the day was rounded out with an awards gala attended by around 500 guests.