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Hamilton, Verstappen, Mercedes nominated for Laureus Awards

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Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Mercedes have received nominations for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards following their successes in Formula 1 this year.

The Laureus Awards are held annually and recognize great sporting achievement, with previous winners of the main Sportsman of the Year award including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Lance Armstrong.

From F1, Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher have both been named Sportsman of the Year in the past, while Hamilton lost out to tennis star Novak Djokovic at this year’s ceremony in Beijing, China on April 15.

Earlier this week, Hamilton was named on the shortlist for Sportsman of the Year ahead of the 2016 ceremony following nominations from the world’s media.

Sprinter Usain Bolt, soccer greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, basketball players LeBron James and Pau Gasol, British athletic stars Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford, cyclists Chris Froome and Alberto Contador, golfer Jordan Speith, boxer Floyd Mayweather and 2015 winner Djokovic will also be battling for top honors.

Verstappen has been nominated for the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year award, as won by Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo last year, and is up against golfers Jason Day and Brooke Henderson, swimmers Adam Peaty and Alzain Tareq, Australian jockey Michelle Payne and the Chilean men’s soccer team.

Finally, F1 constructors’ champions Mercedes has also received a nomination for the World Team of the Year award, but faces stiff opposition from the New Zealand men’s rugby team, FC Barcelona, the World Cup-winning USWNT, the Kansas City Royals, the New England Patriots, the Golden State Warriors and the Spanish men’s basketball squad.

To see the full list of nominations, click here.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.