The Asturias prize for sport has gone to seven times formula one world champion Michael Schumacher. The former President of the International Olympic Committee Juan Antonio Samaranch made the announcement in Oviedo, Spain. A total of 18 nominations from 10 different countries were received for the prestigious award, which carries with it a statue by Juan Miro and a 50,000 euro prize.
Schumacher, who retired from Formula One last year, was a childhood prodigy who won the European karting championship at the age of 18 after just three years of competition before going on to become one of the true greats of motor racing. He notably won the drivers’ championship five times in a row for Ferrari between 2000 and 2004, a period of total domination.
Although retired from Formula 1, he still participates in celebrity racing events and will notably be taking part in the 2007 Race of Champions in December in London. The award was one of the most tightly contested in this years Asturias series, with the jury of senior sporting figures debating the choice right to closing minutes of their allocated time.