• Jun 5, 2009
Sebastian Vettel en route to receive the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy – Click above for a high-res image gallery

It's not every day that we get to see an F1 car out on city streets, but then again, we don't live in Italy. That's the racing-crazed country that recently allowed Sebastian Vettel to drive a grand prix racer across 12 kilometers of public roads to receive the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy.

The award is presented annually in the Italian village of Brisighella, where Lorenzo Bandini lived until his tragic death at the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix. Every year since, the Bandini family presents the trophy to a F1 driver, and it's become a bit of a tradition that the recipient drive his F1 car to pick it up in person. So with police escorts (note the Polizia-spec Lamborghini Gallardo in the background of the pictures in the gallery below), Vettel drove the dozen clicks from the home base of the Scuderia Toro Rosso – with whom he won the Italian Grand Prix last season – in an STR F1 car to Brisighella, where he joined the ranks of such recent recipients as Felipe Massa, Mark Webber, Kimi Raikkonen, Jacques Villeneuve and Robert Kubica in accepting the citation.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Had to be tough to raise the ride height, open up the cooling to the radiators and all the other hundreds of little things that we might not know anything about.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the worst. car. ever. makes an ok camera car
      • 5 Years Ago
      As much fun as it would be to drive an F1 car, its gotta be a bit of a pain in the ass to drive it on city streets. The car isn't exactly designed for stop and go or low speed driving.

      Regardless, it would be an awesome sight!
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's not a problem for them to change the car's setup for city driving.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The next time I get a prestigious award I too will follow Vettel's fashion lead and respectfully wear jeans and a tee shirt....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love to see some video of this little trip.

      Paul S
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet he didn't pass anyone on the road there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone in Europe actually bought a Sebring convertible?
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's an exotic here :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I live in Faenza the home town of toro rosso. I was there watching him pass by and it was amazing! What a sound! Last year Kubica did the same thing with is BMW. Just awesome!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet he had a long train of cars behind him - like Monaco
      spoiler!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hah the ambulance just in case those full wet tyres failed him.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those are some lucky cops who get to drive that Lambo...
      • 5 Years Ago
      woah the chrysler sebring is in front of a lambo gallardo and behind an f1 car, maybe this bankruptcy isn't all bad.
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