Reigning FIA Formula E champion, Lucas was honored with three prizes: best international driver, best overtaking maneuver, and for the most representative Driver
Lucas di Grassi was the highlight of the Golden Helmet Awards in his native São Paulo last Wednesday night. In the most important award of Brazilian motorsport, the reigning FIA Formula E champion took home nothing less than three prizes: the Golden Helmet Trophy for the best Brazilian Formula E driver, the best overtaking maneuver of the year (Hong Kong, season 3), and he was honored as well as the most representative Brazilian driver racing in top categories around the world.
“Last season was one of the highlights of my career, and this night was a recognition of all the hard work, the dedication and the team spirit. I am truly honored to be recognized and I hope I can see all this boys in go-karting racing in top series in the future”, said the Audi Sport driver. “Motorsport is very difficult, demanding, expensive, and takes a lot of effort from everyone involved in it. So, this Golden Helmet should be extended to everyone who works in this environment, showing a strong dedication every day and every weekend”, the reigning FIA Formula E champion continued.
Di Grassi was followed on stage by his father Vito and his mother Leila, who handed over the trophy for his Formula E award and a plate representing Ayrton Senna’s helmet for the best overtaking; Venício Zambeli, editor-in-chief of Racing Magazine, gave Lucas the golden helmet designed and painted by the late Sid Mosca’s son, Alan, in a reproduction of the actual livery of Lucas’ racing helmet.
Lucas is only the third driver in the history of the event to be awarded three times at the same night. Last year’s winner of the Golden Helmet as well, the podium presences record holder in Formula E join his late F1 colleagues Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa to receive such an honor.
“It does show the importance FIA Formula E has gained in only three seasons. It is one of the most important, prestigious and difficult series to race. The public is showing recognition and every time someone comes to speak to me in Brazil about the race we will have here in March”, told Lucas, referring to the sixth round of Formula E season four in the streets of São Paulo on March 17th.
Organized by the Motormidia Team, responsible for the publication of Racing Magazine, the Golden Helmet (Capacete de Ouro, in Portuguese) is an award presented in his 21st edition. With categories since go-karting, going through the feeder formulae, off-road, rallying, touring cars, stock cars, Formula One, IndyCars and Formula E, the nominees are submitted to the vote of specialized motorsport journalists from Brazil.