Best F1 Images From the 2021 FIA Gala Feat. Max Verstappen, Kelly Piquet, Christian Horner & More

Published 12/17/2021, 4:41 AM EST


The 2021 FIA Prize-Giving Ceremony took place on the eve of December 16, only days after Max Verstappen clinched his first-ever world championship title in F1. Hence, with all of the FIA events coming to a close for the year, the racing federation presented the ceremony at Louvre Museum in Paris.

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Two of the biggest names were missing – Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff. Of course, we would have wished to see the 7-time world champion’s fashion choice for the event. However, unfortunately, the way he lost his driver’s championship led Mercedes to allegedly stay away from the ceremony in an attempt to make a statement against the FIA.

But, despite the absence of the duo, the event still very much had enough faces show up including racing drivers, their bosses, and their respective families in amazing outfits. And, a lot of snapshots, too, surfaced on social media. Take a look at some of them.

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Best F1 images from the 2021 FIA Gala

First and foremost, the man of the evening, Max Verstappen along with his girlfriend and the daughter of world champion, Nelson Piquet, Kelly Piquet.

Alfa Romeo F1 driver, Valtteri Bottas, and his professional cyclist girlfriend, Tiffany Cromwell.

Mercedes F1 team’s chief technical officer, James Allison.

Red Bull boss, Christian Horner, and his wife, Geri Halliwell

President of the FIA, Jean Todt

Other award-receiving images

Oscar Piastri, the 2021 Formula 2 world champion.

2021 Formula-E world champion, Nyck de Vries

2021 FIA World Rally champions, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (8th world title)

2021 FIA World Endurance Championship winners, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, and Jose Maria Lopez

2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship winner, Johan Kristoffersson

And finally, the 2021 FIA Gala hosts and Canal+ commentators, Nicki Shields and Julien Febreau

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Overall, an evening of absolute joy for if not the entire racing community, at least for most of it. But, the event did indeed miss some drivers like Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, and most importantly, Kimi Raikkonen, who stole the show back in 2018 after getting too drunk.

Well, it’s over! And like every other year, we now have a 3-month hibernation to travel past before Formula 1 flags off the 2022 season where the drivers go all over again to find a seat at the next FIA Gala.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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