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Kevin Magnussen

Magnussen claims prestigious award after F1 comeback

At the end of a remarkable comeback season, Kevin Magnussen has picked up a distinguished award.

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Haas Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen has won the prestigious Lorenzo Bandini Trophy for efforts in the 2022 season.

Dane Magnussen left Haas at the end of 2020, and was replaced by Nikita Mazepin, but following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February and his close family links to President Vladimir Putin, Mazepin's contract was ripped up just before the new season.

At short notice, Haas turned to Magnussen who returned and finished fifth in the season-opener in Bahrain, adding a further five points finishes across the campaign.

He claimed a maiden Pole Position in the Brazilian Grand Prix - being officially credited with it during the Sprint weekend and starting eighth for the main Grand Prix.

The Bandini Trophy is named after the former Ferrari driver Bandini who perished in an accident at the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix after a crash.

Founded in 1992, the award honours the achievements of those in motorsport and Formula 1.

Previous winners include World Champions Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Max Verstappen and Nico Rosberg.

The likes of former Ferrari boss Luca Di Montezemolo and current racer Charles Leclerc have also picked the award up - Leclerc doing so in 2021 for his efforts in '19.

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