Ricciardo scoops Laureus award

Date published: April 15 2015 - Editor

Daniel Ricciardo has won a major award at the annual Laureus Sports Awards, but Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes missed out.

On the back of winning three grands prix during his debut season with Red Bull last year, Ricciardo was handed the World Breakthrough of the Year Award at the ceremony in Shanghai, China, on Wednesday evening.

The Australian found himself up against US Open winner Marin Cilic of Croatia, Germany's World Cup winner Mario Gotze, Colombian footballer James Rodriquez, American Alpine skiier Mikaela Shiffrin and the Switzerland Davis Cup winning team.

Ricciardo, who was the only non-Mercedes driver to win a race in 2014, wasn't in Shanghai to accept his gong, but expressed his delight via a video.

"2014 is a year I'll remember for a long time – it was definitely a breakthrough in my mind as well," he said.

"Standing on the top step of the podium a few times was icing on the cake."

World Champion Hamilton was in the running for the Sportsman of the Year, but that award went to world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia, while German's 2014 Fifa World Cup winning squad were named Team of the Year ahead of the Mercedes F1 outfit.