In pictures: FIA Prize Giving
The winners of this year’s World Rally Championship titles have been crowned in a glittering FIA Prize Giving ceremony at the Palace of Versailles.
At the event on Friday evening, Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia picked up their driver and co-driver silverware, while M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson collected the manufacturer trophy.
Ogier’s fifth consecutive WRC drivers' title puts the Frenchman into second place in the list of multiple title winners, ahead of legendary flying Finns Juha Kankkunen and Tommi Makinen.
His 2017 championship victory is perhaps his sweetest to date, coming after the departure of the all-conquering Volkswagen factory team with which he had achieved his previous four titles, and being achieved with privateer outfit M-Sport.
Ogier said: “It’s amazing and we are very proud that we managed it again this year, because I think everyone is aware of the challenge we had to face with the retirement of our old team, and we had to find a new solution at the last minute.
"I think it’s been a very difficult season for us: very exciting, and very open, with a lot of different winners in WRC, but it’s nice to come out on top once again and to be here today to grab the trophy for a fifth time.”
Thierry Neuville was another prize-winner, the Belgian and his co-driver Nicholas Gilsoul collecting the runner-up trophies. "Not the trophy we wanted this year but no regrets. Four wins, eight podiums and best performer is a great achievement in such a competitive and challenging season," he later Tweeted.
Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja collected their prizes for third place. "Trophies we were working hard for this year! But will go harder for bigger in next!" Tanak Tweeted.
The WRC received another accolade by winning the FIA's annual video action contest. The FIA Action of the Year Award went to Esapekka Lappi for his spectacular 33m, 120kph flight over the Fafe jump at Rally de Portugal.
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