ROLEX CELEBRATES SPORTING EXCELLENCE IN THE WORLD OF MOTOR SPORT

Geneva, Thursday 01 December 2016 – Rolex, the leading brand of the Swiss

watch industry, will celebrate the culmination of a thrilling year of motor sport at the

2016 FIA Prize-Giving Ceremony in Vienna on Friday 02 December. Given Rolex’s

passion for excellence, performance, and precision, Rolex naturally gravitates

towards the world of motor sport and is proud to be a major force at play behind the

sport’s finest events and drivers.

2016 FIA PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY

The motor sport community will gather at the Imperial Hofburg Palace in Vienna,
Austria to celebrate an exciting year of motor racing and to officially honour the
champions from each FIA World Championship series for their exceptional
contributions and successes in 2016. Rolex is proud to support the FIA’s prestigious
event for the fourth consecutive year, reinforcing the brand’s long-standing
commitment to motor sport. As a Global Partner and the Official Timepiece of
Formula 1®, Rolex will award a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona watch
with a specially engraved case to the newly crowned 2016 FIA Formula One™
Drivers’ World Champion for his outstanding racing performance in 2016.

2016 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™

The 2016 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX marked the start of the
longest season in the sport’s history featuring a record number of 21 Grands Prix.
The MERCEDES AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team, now three-time FIA Formula
One™ Constructors’ World Champions, won all but two races of the season and
sealed their latest title at the 2016 FORMULA 1 EMIRATES JAPANESE GRAND
PRIX in early October. However, it was not until the last race of the season that
the FIA Formula One™ Drivers’ World Champion was decided, with Nico Rosberg
securing his first-ever drivers’ crown at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Teammate
Lewis Hamilton ensured the battle for the title was closely fought until the
very end but ultimately Rosberg’s impressive driving in the second half of the
season guaranteed him the 2016 crown, becoming the 33rd FIA Formula One™
Drivers’ World Champion in the illustrious history of Formula 1®.

ROLEX CELEBRATES SPORTING EXCELLENCE IN THE WORLD OF MOTOR SPORT

2016 FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

The 24 Hours of Le Mans remains the jewel in the crown of the FIA World
Endurance Championship thanks to its unique heritage and the fact that it offers
drivers double Championship points. The last two laps of the Rolex countdown clock
at Circuit de la Sarthe this year were arguably the most memorable in recent history,
with the #5 Toyota TS050 Hybrid unexpectedly stopping on the penultimate lap
allowing rival, Neel Jani in the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid to pass and take the historic
chequered flag. This famous victory for Neel Jani and his team-mates, Romain
Dumas and Marc Lieb, along with their triumph at the 6 Hours of Silverstone in April
and subsequent consistency throughout the season, gave them an unassailable lead
in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The Porsche trio were then able to seal
the drivers’ title at the final race of the year in Bahrain.

ROLEX CELEBRATES SPORTING EXCELLENCE IN THE WORLD OF MOTOR SPORT

Arnaud Boetsch, Communication & Image Director of Rolex SA, said: “Rolex is
proud to support the FIA and their annual Prize-Giving Ceremony; honouring teams,
drivers and world champions for their outstanding achievements across the motor
sport season. Rolex’s partnership with Formula 1, and with motor sport more widely,
symbolizes the qualities of precision and performance required to compete at the
highest level. This quest for excellence is reflected in Rolex’s values, as the brand
continues to push the boundaries in technology and engineering.”


Tom Kristensen, Rolex Testimonee, 2013 FIA World Endurance Champion and
nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans said: “2016 has been an extraordinary
year of motor sport. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, we saw one of the most
unforgettable finishes in the history of the sport – an event which sits at the pinnacle
of motor sport in terms of speed, time, distance and endurance. I’m looking forward
to some more great racing in 2017 across the world of motor sport.”


As Rolex celebrates the crowning of these champions, the brand also turns its
attention to the first motor sport event of 2017: the Rolex 24 at Daytona® on 28
- 29 January 2017 at the legendary Daytona International Speedway. Sir Jackie
Stewart,
Rolex Testimonee and three-time FIA Formula One™ Drivers’ World
Champion, said: “I’m extremely proud to be working with Rolex for almost 50 years
and continue to be impressed by the depth and breadth of Rolex’s commitment to
motor sport. 2016 has been highly entertaining on track and I anticipate it will be
even more exciting next year.”

ROLEX CELEBRATES SPORTING EXCELLENCE IN THE WORLD OF MOTOR SPORT

ROLEX AND MOTOR SPORT

Rolex’s close ties with motor sport date back to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s World
Land Speed Record successes in the 1930s, when he became the first driver to
break the 300 mph barrier at the wheel of Bluebird. Since then, Rolex’s presence
in motor racing has grown steadily, supporting iconic endurance races such as
the Rolex 24 at Daytona® and the 24 Hours of Le Mans; iconic classic car events
steeped in elegance, beauty and tradition, including the Pebble Beach Concours
d’Elegance®, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Goodwood Revival; the
leading motor sport series, Formula 1®, and most recently, the FIA World Endurance
Championship.

ABOUT ROLEX

Rolex, the leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, is headquartered in Geneva
and enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its
Oyster watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision,
performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige.
Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the
wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations,
such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the
Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered
over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent
manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces all the essential
components of its watches in-house, from the casting of the gold alloys to the
machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and
bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration,
the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring
activities, as well as philanthropic programmes.

ABOUT FORMULA 1®

Formula 1®, which began in 1950, is the world’s most prestigious motor racing
competition and is the world’s most popular annual sporting series. In 2015 it was
watched by over 400 million unique television viewers from over 200 territories.
The 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship™ runs from March to November
and spans 21 races in 21 countries across five continents. Formula One World
Championship Limited is part of the Formula One group, founded by CEO Bernie
Ecclestone, and holds xthe exclusive commercial rights to the FIA Formula One World
Championship™. For more information on Formula 1® visit www.formula1.com.