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Verstappen thanks "Orange Army" after Laureus nomination

Verstappen thanks "Orange Army" after Laureus nomination

Verstappen thanks "Orange Army" after Laureus nomination

Verstappen thanks "Orange Army" after Laureus nomination

Max Verstappen has thanked his global "Orange Army" after the F1 champion's success was recognised with a Laureus Award nomination.

Verstappen has followed in the footsteps of Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher in being nominated for the Laureus global sportsman of the year award.

Reacting to his recognition, Verstappen said on his website: “First of all, a big thank you to the media for the nomination of the Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award.

"It's great to be nominated for this award after such an intense season. The biggest thank you goes to my team Red Bull Racing who, together with Honda, gave me a winning car.

"As a team, we fought for years to improve and close the gap, and we finally succeeded. It's fantastic to be world champion.

"I also want to say a huge thank you to the fans who support me, because it's great to see the Orange Army around the world."

Verstappen is up against Novak Djokovic [tennis], Caeleb Dressel [swimming], Eliud Kipchoge [long-distance running], Robert Lewandowski [football] and retiring NFL star Tom Brady.

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