President of the Russian Automobile Federation Victor Kiryanov and drivers of the national team received prizes at the awards ceremony of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), which was held on December 6 in Paris, France.The Russian team won the first FIA International Motorsports Games, which took place on November 1-3 in Rome, Italy. It consisted of drivers from various motorsport disciplines, including SMP Racing drivers Pavel Bulantsev and Denis Bulatov, who competed in Formula 4 and GT races, respectively.
Victor Kiryanov, President of the RAF, said: “I congratulate all the drivers who were awarded yesterday at the FIA Annual Award Ceremony. I’m especially glad for our Russian guys. Robert Shwartzman, a very talented and promising driver, this year’s Formula 3 champion, I’m sure he will achieve great results in the future. Georgy Chivchyan proved both Russia's leadership in drifting and his own superiority, winning the FIA Intercontinental Cup for the second year in a row. And, of course, one of the most striking victories of 2019 is the 1st place of the Russian team in the medal standings of the First-ever FIA International Motorsports Games. I am proud of our drivers - they are real fighters and professionals. Klim Gavrilov won the gold medal in the Touring category. Ilya Fedorov is the bronze medalist in the Drift category. I am sure that our novice karting drivers Olesya Vashchuk and Vlad Bushuev - bronze medalists of the FIA Motorsport Games in the Karting Slalom category - will continue their sports development with no less zeal and effectiveness."
Boris Rotenberg also attended the award ceremony. The founder and leader of the Russian motorsport development program SMP Racing accepted the prize for winning the FIA Formula 3 title on behalf of Robert Shwartzman, who won the championship in his rookie season with the Prema Racing team. Robert himself was unable to attend the award ceremony because he was taking part in FIA Formula 2 post-season testing, as part of his preparation for his first season in the championship.
The annual awards ceremony of the International Automobile Federation took place on December 6 in Paris in the exhibition space Carrousel du Louvre.
This year Russia won three champion titles and drivers received awards at the FIA Award Ceremony:
- Formula 3 - 1st place (Robert Shwartzman),
- FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup - 1st place (George Chivchyan),
- FIA Motorsport Games - 1st place in the medal standings of nations (Russia).
The Cup for winning the medal standings at the International Motorsports Games is passed to a winner each year. Until the 2020 Games, the cup will be in the RAF - the office of the strongest federation in 2019 following the results of this international competition.