Vettel named European athlete of the year
27 December 2012 – Sebastian Vettel has been named European athlete of the year, with journalists from 26 different news agencies casting votes. The Red Bull driver claimed a third world title in 2012, finishing the season three points ahead of Fernando Alonso.
Vettel's main competition came from cyclist Bradley Wiggins, who claimed the Tour de France crown and Olympic success, and Mo Farah, who achieved gold medals with two stunning performances in the 5,000 and 10,0000 metre running events.
Vettel won with an advantage of seven points over Wiggins: 137 to 130.