MONZA, Italy – Brembo Chairman Alberto Bombassei and , Formula One Management Limited (FOM) Chairman Bernie Ecclestone presented Niki Lauda with the 2013 Bernie Ecclestone Award prior to Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
Lauda, a three-time Formula One World Champion, is a legendary figure in Formula One competition. Lauda first came to prominence in 1975 after winning his first World Championship, but he is best known for his amazing return from life threatening injuries sustained in a crash during the 1976 German Grand Prix. Six weeks after sustaining severe burns to his head and face, Lauda was back racing in Formula One competition.
He would go on to win the 1977 Formula One championship, his second Formula One driving title. He later added a third championship in 1984, five years after a brief retirement from racing. This month the feature film RUSH, directed by Ron Howard, will be released. The film tells the story of the battle for the 1976 Formula One crown between Lauda and James Hunt.
The Bernie Ecclestone Award by Brembo was born in 2011 to celebrate 50th anniversary of the Italian Company. The first edition of the award, a braking system personalized with the color of the Italian flag, was given to Bernie Ecclestone. In 2012 the award was assigned to Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Ferrari Chairman.