Mercedes and Lewis Nominated for 2021 Laureus Awards
The list of nominations for the 22nd annual Laureus World Sports Awards has been announced and features both the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team and Lewis Hamilton.
We've been nominated for the Laureus World Team of the Year for a seventh consecutive year, having won the award once before in 2018.
The team has been chosen as one of the six nominees following our success in the 2020 Formula One season, where we clinched our seventh consecutive Championship double.
Alongside us in the World Team of the Year category is an impressive list of sports teams: Champions League winners Bayern Munich, English Premier League victors Liverpool, NBA champions the Los Angeles Lakers, 2020 Super Bowl winners the Kansas City Chiefs and the Argentina Men's Rugby Team.
Meanwhile Lewis is up for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, following his charge to a stunning seventh F1 Drivers' title during the 2020 season.
This is his seventh time being nominated in the category - having previously been nominated in 2009, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Lewis was the winner of the World Sportsman of the Year in 2020, sharing the title with Lionel Messi, and early in his Formula One career, in 2008, he took home the Breakthrough of the Year award.
He goes up against an impressive list of sporting talent, with Tennis ace Rafael Nadal, NBA superstar LeBron James, Bayern Munich footballer Robert Lewandowski, record-breaking long-distance runner Joshua Cheptegei and pole vault world record holder Armand Duplantis also being nominated for World Sportsman of the Year.
"It's an honour to have been nominated for Laureus World Sportsman of the Year alongside some truly incredible athletes," said Lewis, on the nomination. "When I look back at the award ceremony last year, it's hard to believe just how much has changed. 2020 was a difficult year for so many people, for many different reasons and of course the world of sport was hugely affected.
"I was fortunate enough to be able to race and I'm so proud of what we, as a team, were able to achieve together. I'm even prouder of the journey we began towards making the motorsport industry more diverse and inclusive. Nelson Mandela was the inspiration behind Laureus and I'm sure he would support everything we can do to use sport to achieve a greater good."
The Laureus Awards are voted for by the world's sports media and the winners will be announced in May as part of a 'Virtual' Awards event.