Racing Car/Intl Driver: Ferrari/Schuey

Michael Schumacher and the Ferrari team have added to their already bulging 2002 trophy cabinet by scooping the International Racing Driver of the Year and Racing Car of the Year prizes at the AUTOSPORT awards

Racing Car/Intl Driver: Ferrari/Schuey

Ferrari's F-2002 challenger was introduced at the third race of the 2002 season, and went on to win 14 races. The car only failed to win one race all season long. Schumacher won 11 races of the season, and wrapped up his fifth world championship faster than any driver had ever done so before.

It is the third year running that the German has won the International Racing Driver of the Year award. Although he was not at the ceremony to receive the award, he appeared via a video-link, and said: "Thanks for this and particular thanks for all the readers who have voted for me third time in a row."

Legendary driver Emerson Fittipalide presented the Racing Car of the Year award. Accepting the Racing Car of the Year award on behalf of Ferrari Rory Byrne said: "I think what's satisfied us most has been the consistency. We've been on the podium for the last 50 grand prixs, and that's what pleases me the most. It's due to methodology. One of Ferrari's biggest strengths is that we're truly a great team, and Michael's a big part of that. It's a great honour to be part of such a great team."

Talking about next season, Byrne added: "We're working as hard as we can to make as big a step as we can for next year. You've got to get your head down and do the job."

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