Hamilton among Laureus Award nominees 27 Feb 2007
McLarens Lewis Hamilton has been nominated for a prestigious Laureus Award, it was announced Tuesday. Hamilton, who will make his Formula One race debut in Melbourne in March, is one of six nominees in the Breakthrough of the Year category at the annual contest, which honours the worlds top sportsmen and teams. It follows his 2006 GP2 championship win.
Hamilton is in good company, with McLaren team mate Fernando Alonso also in the running in the Sportsman of the Year category. World champion Alonso will be up against the recently-retired Michael Schumacher, who receives a record seventh nomination, having previously won the award in 2002 and 2004.
Alonsos former team, Renault, have also been honoured. The French squad, who were named Team of the Year in 2006, have been nominated again in same category, after winning the Formula One constructors championship for a second consecutive season.
The 2007 Laureus Awards ceremony will be held in Barcelona, Spain on April 2.