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Sam awarded Pirelli Trophy

This year's Pirelli Trophy winner is Sam Bird, the GP2 Series Vice-Champion, who took five wins for Russian Time and is also a reserve driver for Mercedes in Formula One.

Sam with the Pirelli TrophyThe Pirelli Trophy, which rewards the GP2 driver judged to have made the best use of his tyres throughout the season, was presented to Bird by Pirelli's racing manager Mario Isola.

Bird was voted for by an international panel of F1 journalists, winning the poll overwhelmingly by receiving five times more votes than any other driver.

The panel concluded he maximised the capabilities of the tyres throughout the season better than anyone else, adopting a driving style that extracted the maximum from them and benefiting from some crucial strategic decisions, such as opting to change the rear tyres only in Monaco to claim a feature race win.

The Russian Time driver secured another notable feature race win at Spa, from pole position. Other race victories for Bird took place in Bahrain, Great Britain and Singapore.

Receiving his trophy, Bird commented: "I'm absolutely delighted to have been given this prize by Pirelli. Getting the most out of the tyres and the strategy has been a very important part of GP2 this year, which can really make the difference in a race. That's a challenge that we've really enjoyed as a team. I really hope that the recognition this prestigious award brings will boost my career prospects in future."