Verstappen has been nominated within the Sportsman of the 12 months class alongside the likes of NFL legend Tom Brady, swimmer Caeleb Dressel, footballer Robert Lewandowski, athletics star Eliud Kipchoge and controversial tennis champion Novak Djokovic.
The Crimson Bull driver received the 2021 F1 world championship after beating Lewis Hamilton throughout an exhilarating marketing campaign that went all the way down to a controversial conclusion in Abu Dhabi.
Verstappen ended a drought courting again to 2013 for Crimson Bull, whereas additionally changing into the Netherlands’ first F1 champion.
In recent times, seven-time world champion Hamilton has received three Laureus Awards – his final coming in 2021 when he was recognised for his social activism within the Athlete Advocate Award.
Reigning constructors’ F1 champions Mercedes have additionally been nominated within the Crew of the 12 months Award.
Additionally representing motorsport at this yr’s Laureus Awards is six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez, who’s nominated within the Comeback of the 12 months class.
The Honda rider was dominated out of the whole COVID-shortened 2020 MotoGP season when he badly broke his proper arm within the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix.
Having undergone three operations and lacking the opening two rounds of 2021, Marquez returned to racing in final yr’s Portuguese GP.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Crew
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Regardless of struggling for energy in his still-recovering proper shoulder, Marquez took a sensational comeback win on the German Grand Prix – utilizing the anticlockwise nature of the Sachsenring to minimise the pressure placed on his proper arm.
He would win twice extra in 2021, on the US and Emilia Romagna GPs, tallying up Honda’s solely victories of a tough marketing campaign.
Marquez ended the yr as high Honda rider in seventh within the standings, some 42 factors away from the next-best HRC rider of manufacturing facility team-mate Pol Espargaro.
The six-time world champion did miss the ultimate two races as a consequence of a double imaginative and prescient downside attributable to a concussion, however has been declared match to return to motion on this weekend’s first pre-season take a look at in Malaysia forward of the 2022 season.
Marquez is nominated within the Comeback of the 12 months class alongside gymnastics star Simone Biles, Olympic medal-winning skateboarder Sky Brown, biking aces Mark Cavendish and Annemiek van Vleuten, and British diver Tom Daly.