Lewis Hamilton was awarded the Best Driver at the 2017 ESPY Awards (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
The Mercedes driver and triple Formula 1 World Champion emerged tops in the Best Driver after coming up against NHRA drag racing star Ron Capps, Indycar star Simon Pagenaud and Nascar stars Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr.
The event was a hosted by American football icon Peyton Manning and the winners of the awards chosen exclusively through online voting.
Hamilton’s ESPY award was one of more than 30 awards handed out to a variety of sportsmen and sportswomen on the night.
The ESPYs are broadcast by American television network ABC, recognising individual and team athletic achievement as well as other sports-related performances during the calendar year preceding the annual celebrity studded event – in this instance the 2016 sporting year.
Hamilton opted to skip the F1 Live event in London, ahead of his home British Grand Prix, which was attended by the who-is-who of Formula 1 including 19 current grand prix drivers.
(At time of writing it is not sure if he attended the event in Los Angeles to collect his Award. Photos of him at the function are not yet available.)