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Sato picks up award in Monza 11 Sep 2004

Takuma Sato (JPN) BAR.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Italian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monza, Italy, 10 September 2004

BAR driver Takuma Sato has been awarded a Confartigianato Motori Prize at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza this weekend, an honour which has been bestowed on many illustrious names from Formula One racing over the past 21 years.

The Confartigianato Motori Prize Awards were established in 1983, and every year, on the occasion of the Italian Grand Prix, are presented according to the voting of authoritative judges in recognition of Formula One driver talent.

There are various categories and the Award received by Takuma is presented annually to "the emerging driver who, working with diligence and devotion, has found positive recognition in the world of motoring competitions."

Previous winners of the Award include Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost, Mika Hakkinen, Rubens Barrichello and David Coulthard.

Commenting on the prize, Sato said, "I am very happy to be given this Award by such an important panel of judges. It is good to be recognized for such an important Award."

The judging panel includes former drivers Ivan Capelli and Gabriele Tarquini, Monza Circuit Director Enrico Ferrari, Paolo Montagna from the ACI Milano and a selection of Italian journalists from the world of motorsport.