By Ian Lockwood
January 2 2013
Back at the end of the 2012 season, Red Bull picked up yet more awards at the Autosport Awards
The Autosport Awards at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel are an end-of-season event that draws the Formula One community. Voted for by the readers of Autosport, Sebastian won the award for International Racing Driver of the Year, while the Red Bull RB8 was named Racing Car of the Year.
For Seb, it’s another three-in-a-row, having picked up this trophy previously in 2010 and 2011, to add to his 2008 Autosport Award for Rookie of the Year. He was presented with is trophy by nine-times World Rally Champion Sebastian Loeb. The two shared the stage again the following week when they collected their respective World Championship trophies at the FIA Gala in Istanbul.
Seb shunned convention and turned up without a black tie (although he wore a very nice suit and white shirt), but the rest of the Red Bull Racing party were properly attired when it was time to pick up the award for Racing Car of the Year.
While the factory in Milton Keynes has a redesigned reception designed to accommodate its windfall of silverware, for Sebastian the problem is rather more pressing. Earlier this year he confessed his trophies tend to gather on his living room floor, while the Formula One World Championship trophy usually resides of the kitchen table. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, As Seb says: “It's a very nice problem to have. I don't want to complain…"