The award was established in 1992 in memory of the Italian driver who was killed in an accident at the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix. This year it goes to the Dutch driver, in recognition of his great debut season, when he drove for us in 2015, scoring 42 points to finish 12th in the World Championship.
The precocious youngster rewrote several records last season: in our car, Max became the youngest driver to take part in a Formula 1 Grand Prix, the youngest to score points. But that wasn’t the end of it. After his recent switch to Red Bull Racing, Max also became the youngest ever winner of an F1 race, when he was first past the flag in the Spanish Grand Prix.
After that came two second places, in Austria, the home race for the entire Red Bull family and in the UK at the famous Silverstone circuit. Therefore the Bandini Trophy couldn’t go to a more deserving winner! Scuderia Toro Rosso’s role is clearly working, in terms of training the great drivers of the future. Max is the umpteenth graduate of the Red Bull Junior Programme and follows in famous footsteps, as the third Scuderia Toro Rosso driver to be awarded the Bandini Trophy, after Sebastian Vettel in 2009 and Daniel Ricciardo in 2014. Brisighella is just a few kilometres away from our Faenza factory and the ceremony takes place in one of the most picturesque mediaeval villages in the whole of Italy
On display at the venue will be the racing cars that featured in our first decade in Formula 1, from the STR1 to the STR10. Those taking part in the ceremony, or simply visiting the area will therefore be able to get a first hand impression of Formula 1’s technical and aerodynamic evolution over a ten year period.
Max will first meet fans and the media at 3pm in Brisighella and then, at 6, the prizegiving ceremony gets underway at the Teatro Spada. It’s not only Max who is receiving an award; our team is getting the “Faenza Medal” for our Formula Future project, which thus recognises the achievements of the very young members of staff within our Production Department. It’s definitely going to be an unmissable event!