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– Three-time Formula 1 World Champion, Nelson Piquet, will be honoured with the Gregor Grant Award for Lifetime Achievement when he attends the 2017 Autosport Awards ceremony
– Piquet made 204 race starts, won 23 races and had 60 podiums during a 13-year Formula 1 career
– Previous Gregor Grant Award for Lifetime Achievement winners include Mario Andretti, Dale Earnhardt Sr., Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, Alain Prost and Emerson Fittipaldi
– Among the nominees for this year’s prestigious Awards are Lewis Hamilton for International Racing Driver of the Year, who claimed his fourth F1 World Championship this year and Fernando Alonso for Rookie of the Year, who set the motorsport world alight with his stellar Indy 500 debut in May
– This year’s awards take place on Sunday 3 December at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane
– Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxMrjrd4iS4&feature=youtu.be
– For more information, visit autosportawards.com

Three-time Formula 1 World Champion, Nelson Piquet, will be honoured with the Gregor Grant Award for Lifetime Achievement in Motorsport at the 2017 Autosport Awards ceremony, which will take place on Sunday 3 December at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.

Piquet will be in attendance at the ceremony to accept the award, which has previously been given to racing icons such as Mario Andretti, Dale Earnhardt Sr., Sir Jackie Stewart and Sir Stirling Moss, Alain Prost and Emerson Fittipaldi. The Award has been presented as part of the annual Autosport Awards since 1989.

Widely regarded as the “biggest night in world motorsport” – the Autosport Awards event was first held 1987 and previous winners and attendees include Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Colin McRae and Niki Lauda.

The Awards have seen a number of iconic moments over three decades. Among the most memorable scenes was when Ayrton Senna took to the stage as 1991 Formula 1 World Champion and gave his famously eloquent speech before an awed gathering of motorsport’s elite.

Also an opportunity for the stars to poke fun at rivals, Jenson Button used his moment at the microphone to offer his young 2011 rival Sebastien Vettel a tie to wear for the evening, while the German used his speech to mimic his future team-mate Kimi Räikkönen.

The Awards have always been an opportunity to celebrate young racers on their way to greatness. In 1991, having just turned professional, Colin McRae took to the stage to be interviewed by Murray Walker while in 1995, a 10-year-old Lewis Hamilton made his first appearance at the Awards. When asked about his future plans, the future four-time World Champion informed the crowd that his plans were to “just win.”

This year’s Awards will include a new presenter line-up, featuring F1 legend David Coulthard and leading broadcaster Lee McKenzie, as well as a glamorous red carpet entrance to welcome nominees and winners from all over the globe. Fans will be able to watch the Awards on a live global broadcast on Motorsport.tv, Autosport.com and Motorsport.com.

Born Nelson Souto Maior, he used his mother’s surname Piquet to hide his early racing from his disapproving parents. Piquet entered F1 in 1978 hired by Brabham boss Bernie Ecclestone to serve as team mate to Niki Lauda. In 1981 with three race wins and seven podium finishes in the Brabham BT49, he became World Champion for the first time.

In 1983, Piquet raced his turbocharged BMW-Brabham BT52 to three race wins and, after a season-long battle with Renault’s Alain Prost, bagged his second World Championship. He completed his trio of title wins five years later, by beating his Williams team-mate, Nigel Mansell after a season-long battle. With a total of 204 race starts, 23 race wins and 60 podiums during a 13-year Formula 1 career, he remains one of only 10 drivers to be crowned World Champion three times.

Nelson Piquet said:“It is an honour to offered this award and join a very special list of winners. I’m very proud that Autosport has chosen to reflect on my racing career and I am looking forward to meeting old friends at the event.”

Piquet will be joined on the night by the stars of global motorsport. Among the nominees for the prestigious Awards are Lewis Hamilton for International Racing Driver of the Year, who claimed his fourth F1 World Championship win this year and Fernando Alonso for Rookie of the Year, following his stellar Indy 500 debut in May that set the racing world alight.

Racing Car of the Year Award nominees include the championship-winning Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+ and close rival Ferrari SF70H, while M-Sport’s Fiesta RS WRC is in the running for Rally Car of the Year alongside the Hyundai i20WRC and Toyota Yaris WRC.

The winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award will also be announced on the night, with four young British drivers – Enaam Ahmed, Max Fewtrell, Harrison Scott and Dan Ticktum – hoping to claim the coveted award which offers the winner an F1 test and the opportunity to join the McLaren Young Driver Programme in 2018. The award was first won in 1989 by David Coulthard who will present the Awards this year for the first time along with renowned TV presenter Lee McKenzie.

The Autosport Awards are presented by Motorsport Network – the world’s premier motorsport media and technology company. Motorsport Network is the world’s largest independent automotive and motorsport-related digital platform, connecting millions of people who love motorsport and cars. The network also creates key industry events including Autosport International.

For more information, visit autosportawards.com

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