Hamilton speaks on Laureus Award ahead of 2016 season

Hamilton speaks on Laureus Award ahead of 2016 season

Published Mar. 18, 2016 11:16 a.m. ET

Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes F1 team were nominated for Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award and the Laureus World Team of the Year Award respectively at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Hamilton has won the past two Formula One World Championships for Mercedes and, speaking to the global sports-based charity Laureus.com, he believes a third could be on the near horizon.

“I feel super,” said Hamilton. “I feel younger than I've ever been, to be honest. I got back in the car and it was super-easy. The car feels great.


“I feel very privileged,” added Hamilton on his nomination for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award. “It's such a prestigious Award. It's great to see what Laureus do in their work and you know it's something that all the great athletes aspire to win one day.”

Meanwhile, Hamilton’s teammate Nico Rosberg raised €160,000 ($180K) for Laureus during last season.

“It was a great idea. 100 euros per kilometer,” said Rosberg, after Mercedes-Benz agreed to donate that amount for each kilometer that Rosberg led in 2015 following the 2015 Chinese GP. “Thankfully I managed to get a lot of kilometers in the lead of the race, especially at the end of the season, so that gathered a lot of money.”

However, having crashed in Friday practice, Rosberg knows he’ll have to give it all he’s got to challenge Hamilton again this year.

“It's just full attack. I'm looking forward to the battle and I want to try and beat him,” said Rosberg, who comes into 2016 having won the last three races. “I'm not doing anything different, it's just that I've become that little bit more efficient again in my approach.”

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