After breaking Lewis Hamilton’s impenetrable grasp on the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Nico Rosberg has won more than just a title.
The German won the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award on Tuesday at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.
He’s not alone among F1 drivers who’ve won the award, with Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Jenson Button and Juan Pablo Montoya having also scooped the title in the last 15 years.
In a video he posted on Twitter, linked below, Rosberg called this the “Sports Oscar.” Mercedes AMG Petronas lost out on team of the year honors to the Chicago Cubs, who broke through for their first World Series win since 1908.
Here’s some social images and posts from the evening, below:
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.