F1 champion presents prizes to winning film makers
The winning teams from the 2015 Motor Sports Association (MSA) Road Safety Film Competition were presented with their prizes by two-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and FIA president Jean Todt.
Young people aged 16-24 years were challenged to create short films relating to one of the FIA’s Ten Rules of Safer Motoring as part of the organisation’s Action for Road Safety campaign.
Launched in support of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, the campaign aims to improve road safety by building strong relations with organisations, such as the UN, and by using the stars of Formula 1.
The winners were given the opportunity to meet Lewis Hamilton and enjoy an exclusive tour of the Mercedes team garage at the recent Italian Grand Prix in Monza.
The two winning teams were: Team Gell from Derbyshire, who focused on ‘rule 7: pay attention’ with a film called ‘Worth It’, which illustrates the many distractions of a modern day car journey; and Team Kindsense who focused on ‘rule 8: stop when I’m tired’.
Lewis Hamilton said: “Big congratulations to all the winners, it was great meeting everyone after seeing how good their videos were.
“It’s a fantastic initiative to be involved with and a really good way to engage people with this issue.
“As racing drivers we need to be ambassadors for safe driving on the roads. I’m genuinely shocked every time I see the stats about accidents and I hope projects like this will raise awareness and make a real difference.”
Jean Todt, FIA president, and Rob Jones, MSA chief executive were alongside Lewis Hamilton to present cheques of £4,000 to the two winning teams.
Jean Todt said: “The MSA competition is a great example of what we should be doing to promote the FIA Action for Road Safety and I’m pleased to see it growing and evolving.
“These young people are our ambassadors and it’s them who will make the real difference in the future, I’m sure this amazing experience will have inspired them to spread the word.”