Barrichello Takes "Golden Helmet" Award in Brazil
The latter, former Brawn GP driver and current Williams F1 racer, received the “Golden Helmet” award for his great contribution for Brazil in the world of motor racing, despite finishing the 2009 campaign in 3rd place. However, while doing so, he also secured Brazil's 100th win in the Formula One Championship, during the European Grand Prix in Valencia. Barrichello dedicated his award to his uncle Dárcio Campos.
The “Golden Helmet” is the highest award a racer could be honored with in Brazil, as it is backed by the Motorpress Company and the Brazilian auto racing federation.
As far as Massa is concerned, the Brazilian hardly needed any good news following the birth of his baby boy on Tuesday afternoon. However, following his crash at the Hungaroring in the mid-season, the Brazilian federation thought it would be a nice gesture to hand their most successful F1 driver in years “a special golden replica of his helmet damaged in his Hungarian qualifying crash,” according to Globo.
“I have the real helmet back in my house, and this (prize) is a gift that will be in my heart for the rest of my life,” said the 28-year old Massa, as reported by the aforementioned source.
Massa spent the second part of the 2009 season recuperating from the head injuries he suffered in the aforementioned incident, but is now fully fit to get behind the wheel of an F1 car.
Bruno Senna also received an award from the Brazilian federation officials, on behalf of uncle Ayrton Senna.