Raikkonen’s moment with crying Ferrari fan nominated for sports award

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The moment that Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen met a young fan at the Spanish Grand Prix has been nominated for a leading sports award.

Six-year-old Thomas Danel visited the race on the outskirts of Barcelona with his family to cheer on Ferrari and his favorite driver, Raikkonen, only for the Finn to crash out at the first corner.

Thomas was left in floods of tears in the grandstands, as seen by the world when the TV cameras picked him up.

Those within the F1 paddock moved quickly to find Thomas and invite him down to Ferrari’s hospitality unit where he met Raikkonen, posing for pictures and receiving the Finn’s signed cap (which was adorably oversized).

As well as being one of the most heartfelt moments in F1 this year, Laureus has shortlisted it for the ‘Best Sporting Moment of the Year’ award.

Six moments will be nominated each month between now and December, with the five monthly winners facing off in one final vote ahead of next spring’s awards ceremony.