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Formula 1 young sensation Max Verstappen won Personality of the Year for the third time as he made two victories this season despite repeated reliability troubles.

This marks the third straight year that Verstappen has won the FIA Personality of the Year award that was introduced back in 2013.

Max’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo earned the ‘Best Overtake of the Year’ award in an official Formula 1 poll for the Azerbaijan GP performance, beating the likes of Sebastian Vettel’s pass on him in China and Fernando Alonso’s battle with Lewis Hamilton in Mexico.

“It’s amazing to once again win this FIA prize”, Max told Verstappen.nl. “It’s wonderful recognition” remarked the 20-year-old after his third season in Formula 1, in which he scored 168 points and finishing sixth in the championship.

“With two wins it was fairly positive year. We had a tough start with too many issues. In that sense, it was a good exercise for me to stay positive in the challenging moments. It was great to win in Malaysia after so many DNFs. That win was my highlight of the year.”

“I feel really at home at Red Bull Racing. It’s a great team and we collaborate very well. Hopefully we can improve next year. We working hard to make sure we’re at the front from the very start. I’m looking forward to the 2018 season.”

Meanwhile, at Friday’s FIA Gala, where Hamilton finally got his hands on his fourth World Championship, Verstappen collected the ‘Personality of the Year’ award for a third consecutive season.

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