Verstappen joins Schumacher, Hamilton & Vettel with latest award

Reigning World Champion Max Verstappen has been named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year 2022 at the Laureus Awards.

The Laureus World Sports Awards are international sports awards that are presented annually to athletes from all disciplines who have made an impact on sport in the previous year. Athletes such as Lionel Messi in football, Roger Federer in tennis and F1 drivers Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton have previously received this award.


The 24-year-old Red Bull driver – who won Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – took 10 pole positions, 10 wins and a record 18 podiums last season en route to the first World Championship title won by a Dutch driver. Other candidates for the Laureus 2022 title were Tom Brady, Novak Djokovic, Caeleb Dressel and Robert Lewandowski.

After the announcement of the award, Max Verstappen said, “I am very happy, of course, but it was a lot of hard work and years of preparation. I am incredibly proud.”

“Since I was a little boy I dreamed of being on the top step and winning the championship. I told my father [former Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen]: ‘We did it, this is what we worked for all these years and now we are here, the two of us, all the memories, all the years of travelling all over Europe, we were aiming for this one goal and we achieved it.”

“I’m the first Dutch driver to win a world championship,” added Max Verstappen, “so the reaction in the Netherlands has been incredible from all the newspapers and all the fans, it’s something we will never forget. It means a lot to be recognised for this award, one of the biggest in the world, so I’m incredibly happy.”

British tennis star Emma Raducanu won the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award after winning the 2021 US Open and Valentino Rossi won the Laureus Sporting Icon Award, having retired from motorbike racing at the end of last season. Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah was named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year.


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6 responses to “Verstappen joins Schumacher, Hamilton & Vettel with latest award

    • I don’t understand. Verstappen finished the season with the most points, so that makes him champion. Also, I remember that warnings were given regarding incidents from either driver that decided the outcome of the race would be punished with possible points deductions. He played fair(ish) and was rewarded. What stopped LH and AMG MB from doing the same as RB?

      With all the complaints about not letting them race and the farce of spa when they finished the race behind a safety car, Masi was in a difficult position. Damned if he did, damned if he didn’t. He did the right thing. More people would have been pissed off about that than the outcome of said race.

      Deal with it. The best driver of the year won.

  1. Verstappen is not world champion for 2021. Hamilton is but the FIA did not have the guts to strip Verstappen and award it to Hamilton after they sacked Masi.

    • why should the title be taken from verstappen? As you point out, Masi did something wrong.
      The only thing the FIA could have done was annul the result of this race. Then the “injustice” is done away with. But you don’t want that because then LH is still not a WDC.

  2. The Laureus is meaningless. Nadal won 5 times while Hamilton was winning his 1st 6 championships, begrudgingly given one that he had to share with Massei. Verstappen barely wins after an extremely controversial finish where Hamilton arguably won his 8th championship. A joke of an award. Since the precedent has been set at least let LH and MV share the award. Nah, that would be too intelligent.

    • Maybe the Laureus comittee also understood that winning with superior material is not worth much? If Nadal competed against opponents using pingpong bats, he probably also would not have won the price?

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