Max Verstappen, the newly-crowned 2021 Formula 1 World Drivers' Champion, and Mercedes, as F1's Constructors' Champions for a record eighth consecutive time, have each been nominated for highly prestigious sports awards.
Mercedes have been named as a finalist for the World Team of the Year Award, an honour handed out by the Laureus organisation as part of their annual Sports Awards.
Laureus are a global sporting movement across all disciplines of sport, with the organisation hosting annual awards recognising the greatest achievements of athletes and teams.
Mercedes have been nominated in the team category, going up against fellow nominees Milwaukee Bucks (basketball), the Azzurri (football), the Chinese Olympic diving team (swimming), F.C. Barcelona (football) and the Argentinean national football team.
It is the eighth consecutive time the Brackley-based team have been a finalist in the category, and they won the award outright in 2018.
Verstappen's second nomination for a Laureus Award
Verstappen is a nominee for the World Sportsman of the Year Award, and he will go up against legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady, Novak Djokovic (tennis), Caeleb Dressel (swimming), Robert Lewandowski (football) and athletics' Eliud Kipchoge.
It is Verstappen's second nomination at the Laureus Awards, having been nominated in the category of Breakthrough of the Year back in 2016 – the year of his Red Bull promotion and debut win in Spain.
Another motorsport interest in the award nominations is in the Comeback of the Year category. MotoGP star Marc Marquez is a nominee, having won the Sportsman of the Year Award in 2020.
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