The 2017 season culminated for Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda champion Kyle Kirkwood as the up-and-coming star was honored on the same stage as Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton (pictured, with Kirkwood) during the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony at the Palace of Versailles in France.
The year-end event celebrates the achievements of the FIA championship-winning drivers and teams from around the world.
Highlights of Kirkwood’s evening were walking the red-carpet through the golden palace gates, meeting his racing heroes, receiving a private tour of the Palace and being seated next to the other F4 champions from around the world during dinner.
“The whole night was surreal,” Kirkwood said. “I felt a part of the international racing community especially when I talked to Lewis Hamilton about the F4 and F1 race at COTA.”
Additional honorees were, F1 World Championship competitors Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas, five-time FIA World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier, FIA World Endurance Championship winners Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley, as well as the last WTCC champion ever Thed Bjork, along with other FIA champions around the world.
Full event photos can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/fia-official/.