Hamilton, Ricciardo and Mercedes nominated for prestigious Laureus Award

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Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo and Mercedes AMG Petronas have all received nominations for the presitigious Laureus World Sports Awards, dubbed “the Oscars of sport”.

2014 F1 world champion Hamilton has been nominated for the World Sportsman of the Year Award, which was won last year by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

The British driver clinched his second world title in emphatic style, winning 11 grands prix in a record-breaking year for Mercedes. This in turn has led to the German team being nominated for the World Team of the Year Award.

Hamilton will face stiff opposition for the individual award though, with Novak Djokovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rory McIlroy and Moto GP champion Marc Marquez also being nominated. In Mercedes’ category, the European Ryder Cup team and the FIFA World Cup-winning German national football team are its biggest opponents.

Ricciardo finds himself in the Breakthrough of the Year category, having enjoyed a superb year with Red Bull that saw him win three races en route to third place in the drivers’ championship. His rivals for the award include Marin Cilic, Mario Gotze and James Rodriguez.

You can see the full list of nominees for the Laureus World Sports Awards here. The winners will be announced on April 15th in Shanghai.