Formula One heads under the floodlights this weekend for the popular night-race around the streets of the Marina Bay in Singapore.
We will all keep a close eye on race-leader Lewis Hamilton, as an eighth consecutive pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix will tie him with the late Ayrton Senna's all-time record while a win draws him level with the Brazilian legend for race victories (41). A second consecutive World Championship would definitely make Lewis a strong contender for a Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Nomination.
Laureus Ambassador Nico Rosberg will try to get a fourth win this year and close to the gap at the top of the race with his MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS teammate.
In a year dominated by MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, will we witness a surprise winner? Top of the list is Laureus World Sportsman of the Year 2014 Sebastian Vettel will look to get a fourth top-podium in five years in Singapore and give Ferrari its third win of the season.
We at Laureus are hoping for a great race from Nico! Indeed, in the build-up to the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz agreed to donate €100 per kilometre Rosberg led in the season to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation!
“Laureus is a cause that is very close to my heart and I am very proud to work as an Ambassador for the Foundation,” said Nico. “It’s a source of great inspiration for me to see the fantastic work that the Foundation is doing for children round the world. Sport and competition taught me a lot about hard work, determination and respect when I was growing up, so hopefully I can demonstrate that and maybe provide a bit of inspiration of my own.
“The #DriveForGood campaign is a wonderful next step as it combines my determination to lead as many laps as possible in every race with a good cause; thank you for Mercedes-Benz for their generosity in supporting the Foundation in this way. I probably shouldn’t say this, but hopefully I will cost the company a lot of money in donations this year!”
Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, said: “I am delighted that our ambassadors Nico Rosberg and Mercedes-Benz combine their passion for their sport with their passion for Laureus, by directly connecting a donation to the performance on the track. It was great to visit the Shanghai circuit ahead of the Laureus World Sports Awards and thank Nico personally and Mercedes-Benz for this generous initiative. With the commitment to donate for each leading kilometre, we will all be keeping our fingers crossed for every Grand Prix now that we know Nico is racing for all underprivileged children helped by Laureus.”