Felipe Massa has capped his successful 2006 season and impressive winter form by securing the coveted Lorenzo Bandini trophy.
The Ferrari driver, who won two races alongside seven time world champion teammate Michael Schumacher last year, is to be presented with the award at an event in May by the late Bandini’s widow Margherita.
The ceremony usually takes place in their hometown of Brisighella, which is near Imola, on the weekend of the San Marino grand prix, but the race has been axed for 2007.
Lorenzo Bandini, the leading Italian driver of his period, was burned to death in an horror accident at Monaco in 1967.
Among previous recipients of the trophy in his name are Jenson Button, David Coulthard, Juan Pablo Montoya, Michael Schumacher, Alex Wurz and Kimi Raikkonen.