Grapevine: Alonso to Receive Bandini Award

Fernando Alonso's stunning start to the new season has come at the perfect time for the organisers of the annual 'Lorenzo Bandini Award', who have announced that the Spaniard will receive this year's trophy over the San Marino Grand Prix weekend

Grapevine: Alonso to Receive Bandini Award

The award, which has great emotional significance attached to it, is given out by the village of Brisighella, near Imola, in memory of local driver Lorenzo Bandini, who died in a fiery crash at the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix.

A host of big name stars have taken the award in recent years, including Jenson Button, Juan Pablo Montoya and Michael Schumacher, and Alonso has been singled out this year on the back of some determined drives during 2004.

Other honours to be handed out at the ceremony include one for Jean Alesi for his career achievements, Flavio Briatore for his work at Renault and the journalist's award will go to Autosprint's Alberto Antonini.

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