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Two awards in two days for Hamilton 08 Dec 2008

2008 Autosport Awards Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London 7th December 2008. Lewis Hamilton and Mika Hakkinen on stage. Photo: Drew Gibson/LAT Photographic Sir Stirling Moss (GBR) with his wife Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood, England 24 June 2007. World © Bumstead/Sutton

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has been picking up even more silverware over the weekend to add to his ever-expanding trophy cabinet.

On Sunday Hamilton scooped the International Racing Driver of the Year prize at the prestigious Autosport Awards, while on Monday he was presented with a Gold Star by the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC).

Collecting his Autosport gong at a gala ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, the British driver said he was ‘overwhelmed’ to receive the award, which was presented by McLaren’s last drivers’ champion, Mika Hakkinen.

“It’s always a privilege just being here and thinking about all the other times I’ve been here,” said Hamilton. “Just to see the whole journey from the beginning and see the number of people that have made it possible, is very emotional for me. It makes me very proud.”

On Monday it was British Prime Minister Gordon Brown paying tribute to Hamilton’s achievements, as he presented Formula One’s youngest ever champion with his BRDC honour at the Club’s annual end-of-season awards in London.

Another British name to pick up prizes at both ceremonies was F1 legend Stirling Moss, who received a lifetime achievement award on Sunday before being made lifetime vice-president of the BRDC on Monday.

Other Formula One winners at the Autosport Awards were Sebastian Vettel (Rookie of the Year) and the McLaren MP4-23 (Racing Car of the Year).