F1 » Button, Brawn GP pick up Laureus Awards

F1 wins big at 2010 Laureus World Sports Awards as 2009 F1 World champions Jenson Button and Brawn GP are both honoured.

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Alan D - Unregistered

March 11, 2010 1:24 PM

What this article doesn't make clear is that Button didn't win the prestigious top award, the one which has been won several times in the past by by Michael Schumacher. The top award, "Sportsman of the Year" went to Usain Bolt and Serena Williams won the "Sportswoman" award. Button received the relatively minor "Breakthrough" award. I'm not sure what the criteria are for a breakthrough. The award given to Brawn is the more prestigious "Team of the Year" award.

This so-called international award has been devalued as a result of giving the premier prize to the same person that won it last year, showing a complete lack of imagination by the judges.
It falls into the same catagory as the BBC overseas sports personality of the year judges consistantly ignoring the one first class multi world champion sportsman who has more personality then the rest of the sportsmen and ladies put together: one Mr Valentino Rossi.

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

March 11, 2010 1:54 PM

Subjective so means little.

But I do disagree with the comment above about giving the award to the same person two years on the trot. What's wrong with that? (my own suspicion about UB's sudden rise to prominence notwithstanding). My vote as always would go to Phil Taylor, utterly dominant in a sport played by 10 times those in athletics and 1000 times more than those in F1. And I would have voted for him last year as well

Alan D - Unregistered

March 11, 2010 7:42 PM

Steve, I agree that after VR's great season last year you'd think he would be a good contender for an award. If Rossi had spent the ten previous years racing bikes with only a couple of decent results to his name before winning last year's championship then maybe he would have won the breakthrough award,... and that seems to me to be the problem with this award.

I could understand "breakthrough" if it meant something like the first woman to become a WDC contender in F1, the first European to QB in the NFL, or something like that which breaks the mould, but I can't see how Button's performance last year, good as it was, counts as a "breakthrough".

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