Jenson Button and the former Brawn GP team have been selected as nominees ahead of this year’s prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony. The former Brawn GP colleagues are up for gongs in the Breakthrough and Team of the Year prizes, respectively.
Having emerged from the ashes of the defunct Honda team to clinch the Drivers’ and Constructors’ championship titles, both are obvious candidates in their respective categories.
Button is competing against cycling’s Mark Cavendish, diving’s Tom Daley, tennis’ Juan Martin del Potro, golf’s Ji Yai Shin and football’s VFL Wolfsburg team. Should Button claim the trophy, the Englishman’s win would be back-to-back wins for F1, after his new McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton won the prize last year.
Brawn GP will win should it beat the likes of the FC Barcelona football team, German female football team LA Lakers, the New York Yankees baseball squad and the South African nation rugby team.
Motorcycle ace Valentino Rossi has been nominated in the Sportsperson of the Year Award, which Michael Schumacher won in 2002 and 2004.
Here’s hoping Jenson manages to win this one after the boilover loss in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards!
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