On the yearly Laureus World Sport Awards, dubbed the Oscars of sport, Hamilton was the primary recipient of the brand new Athlete Advocate of the 12 months Award, which recognises the Mercedes driver’s ongoing efforts to assist racial justice and promote variety.
In the course of the 2020 System 1 season, within the wake of the George Floyd homicide and race riots within the US, Hamilton led F1’s push for racial equality, carrying ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogans and taking a knee at every Grand Prix, whereas additionally establishing the Hamilton Fee geared toward making F1 extra various.
On the prize ceremony, held digitally from Seville as a result of coronavirus pandemic, Hamilton accepted his award in a video message.
“An enormous thanks to the Laureus World Sports activities Academy for presenting me with this unimaginable award,” Hamilton mentioned.
“This previous 12 months has been extremely troublesome for therefore many, nevertheless it has additionally been heartening to see the facility of our collective voices spark new conversations and alter.
“The affect of each certainly one of you who’ve stood up, is so inspiring, so I wish to thanks. Please hold preventing, hold shining your mild.”
The Athlete Advocate of the 12 months Award is Hamilton’s third totally different Laureus accolade, profitable the Breakthrough Award in 2008 after his first F1 world championship with McLaren, and sharing final 12 months’s Laureus Sportsman of the 12 months Award with FC Barcelona soccer icon Lionel Messi.
Hamilton was additionally nominated within the 2020 Sportsman of the 12 months class however the primary award went to Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal, who received Roland Garros for a 13th time final 12 months.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1st place, lifts his trophy
Photograph by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images
Los Angeles Lakers NBA star LeBron James, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and observe and discipline athletes Armand Duplantis and Joshua Cheptegei have been the opposite nominees.
Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 crew was among the many nominees for World Staff of the 12 months, a trophy it received in 2018. Champions League and Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich took residence the award.
Final 12 months’s Suzuki MotoGP champion Joan Mir was additionally included within the listing of nominations within the World Breakthrough of the 12 months class however Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback who led the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs to the 2020 Tremendous Bowl, received the nod.
Different stars of world sport to obtain awards on the Mercedes-backed occasion embrace tennis phenom Naomi Osaka, Liverpool FC ahead Mohamed Salah, and tennis legend Billie Jean King.