Laureus Ambassador and previous Laureus Award winner Nico Rosberg is based in Monaco, perhaps the spiritual home for the Awards ceremony and has over many years seen the event from close quarters.
He explains, “I lived in the building right above the Laureus Awards so if I would look down and see them!” he laughs. “I’ve grown up watching the Laureus World Sports Awards for as long as I can think – starting with that Nelson Mandela speech back in the day. For me, it’s like the Oscars and I’m so damn proud because I won one of those, which for me is still unbelievable.”
And his pride at winning a Laureus statuette is clearly evident.
“My Laureus Award is always right next to me in my office,” he admits. “It’s one of the most special trophies I have.”
He continued, “It was a very powerful night. I looked at the list of winners that night and it was Federer, Phelps, Biles – the biggest sports legends in the world. And then me amongst them! But of course the other important thing is the whole purpose behind Laureus. It’s not just an Awards night but it’s also doing so much good around the world.”
Rosberg will be cheering on Lewis Hamilton who is nominated for World Sportsman of the Year and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1, who are nominated for World Team of the Year.
“Both of them would deserve it. Lewis single-handedly with his skill, dominated the rest of the field last season and Mercedes did such an impressive team job. They’ve really dominated in the last few seasons which doesn’t happen that often. But all of the nominees are strong, so it won’t be easy!”