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One of the most fascinating things about the AUTOSPORT Awards evening is seeing the different generations of drivers all together.

From the kids picking up their national karting championship awards, through the top up-and-coming junior car racers such as McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner Lewis Williamson, to the youngest world champion Sebastian Vettel, F1's elder statesman Rubens Barrichello, retired stars of the '80s like Derek Warwick, '60s/'70s icons Jackie Stewart and John Surtees, right the way back to two legends of the '50s, Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks. It's like a geologist's trench cut through the sport's history. All the generations united by a common passion.

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