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.