The winning teams from the 2015 MSA Road Safety Film Competition were presented with their prizes at the recent Italian Grand Prix by two-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and FIA President Jean Todt.
Young people aged between 16 and 24 were asked to create short films relating to one of the FIA’s Ten Rules of Safer Motoring as part of the FIA Action for Road Safety and in association with Allianz, with the opportunity to meet Hamilton and enjoy an exclusive tour of the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team garage at Monza.
Team Gell from Derbyshire focused on Rule 7: Pay Attention with their ‘Worth It’ film, which illustrated the many distractions of a modern day car journey, while Team Kindsense focused on Rule 8: Stop when I’m Tired using brilliant special effects.
“Big congratulations to all the winners – it was great meeting everyone after seeing how good their videos were,” said Hamilton. “It’s a fantastic initiative to be involved with and a really good way to engage people with this issue.
“As racing drivers we need to be ambassadors for safe driving on the roads, I’m genuinely shocked every time I see the stats about accidents and I hope projects like this will raise awareness and make a real difference.”
FIA President Todt felt the competition was a great way to promote Road Safety, as he and MSA Chief Executive Rob Jones were in attendance alongside Hamilton to present £4000 cheques the two winning teams can now use to purchase filming equipment to further their ‘creative endeavours’.
“The MSA competition is a great example of what we should be doing to promote the FIA Action for Road Safety and I’m pleased to see it growing and evolving,” said Todt.
“These young people are our ambassadors and it’s them who will make the real difference in the future – I’m sure this amazing experience will have inspired them to spread the word.”