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Williams driver Bruno Senna receives Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini


By Berthold Bouman

Bruno Senna picked up his Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini on Sunday in the home town of Bandini, Brisighella in Northern Italy. The trophy was awarded to Senna for his achievements in 2011, when he drove for HRT and Lotus.

Bruno Senna collected his Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini in Brisighella, Italy

After receiving the Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini Senna commented, “’We had a really sunny day and I felt extremely welcomed here by the people in Brisighella. The event was a great success with many of my Italian fan club also coming along which was great to see. The town really came alive. I have to thank everyone at Trofeo Lorenzo Bandini and all the people involved in organising the event.

It’s a huge honour to be chosen to receive such a prestigious award. I’ve seen some of the names who have won this in the past and what they have gone on to achieve in their careers, so let’s hope this is just the start of greater things for me too. I’m really happy I was able to be here to see it all come together and thank you again to everyone for letting me be a part of this special event.”

The Lorenzo Bandini Trophy is a very prestigious award, and was first awarded to Italian Ivan Capelli in 1992. Past winners of the Trophy were David Coulthard (1995), Jacques Villeneuve (1996), Giancarlo Fisichella (1998), Juan Pablo Montoya (2002), Kimi Raikkonen (2004), Mark Webber (2006), Robert Kubica (2008) and Nico Rosberg won the Trophy in 2011.

Bandini was a gifted Italian driver who is remembered for his tragic crash during the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix when he lost control of his Ferrari 312/67 at the harbour chicane, the chicane after the tunnel. While exiting the chicane he hit the guard rail, his car was sent in a spin, hit a pole, overturned, and caught fire with Bandini trapped underneath the fiercely burning car.

Lorenzo Bandini at the Nurburgring in 1966

The fuel tank had ruptured and sparks from the skidding car had ignited the fuel. It took some time before Marshals were able to turn the car back on its wheels again and could free Bandini who was unconscious. The Italian suffered multiple third degree burns that covered over 70 per cent of his body, he also sustained multiple chest injuries.

He was rushed to hospital and was later moved to a specialized hospital in Lyon, France. Three days later Bandini died. Bandini was buried in the Italian town of Reggiolo, many Formula One drivers and team bosses attended the funeral, as did an estimated 100,000 Italian fans. Bandini was just 31-years old when he died, and was one of the most promising Formula One drivers of his days.

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