Lewis Hamilton, Laureus Award Nominee
The new and talented rookie driver for the respected Formula 1 Grand Prix Racing Team, McLaren, has not finished stunning the world. Born Lewis Carl Hamilton on 7 January 1985, in England, he has had racing in his blood since he could remember. His dedication to the sport, including winning the 2006 GP2 championship title and securing 15 wins out of 20 races in 2005 during the F3 series, has secured him a future on the circuit he has dreamed of all his life.
The announcement, to confirm Hamilton as being the second driver in the 2007 Formula One season, came from McLaren in November 2006. Driving as the teammate to legendary driver, Fernando Alonso, is every 21 year olds dream, and most certainly the reason that Lewis Hamilton has thrown himself into his new career with enthusiasm and passion. Lewis has also written his name into the history books, by become the very first black driver on the Formula One circuit.
To add to his record-breaking career and historical milestones, Lewis Hamilton has also been nominated for the prestigious Laureus Award, along side sporting legends such as Michael Schumacher and Tiger Woods, who have also been nominated. Being amongst the six nominees for the ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ Award, is certainly just as rewarding as making it into the McLaren team. The awards ceremony for the Laureus Awards will be held in Barcelona on 2 April 2007, where Hamilton will be rubbing shoulders with all the nominated sporting greats from across the world.
The Laureus Award is a global award that was created to award sportsmen, to unite the various different sports and organizations and to highlight the influence that sport has on the community and addresses issues of importance through the support of the sporting community. Nominees for the different categories are selected by journalists from all over the world and are then presented to a panel of jury members. The jury is made up of 43 people who are all legends in the sporting world, and through them, the winners are selected. To be nominated for this award is an achievement on its own.