Vettel finally wins Laureus award
26 March 2014 – Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel has taken the prestigious Laureus World Sportsman of the Year honour.
Vettel, who won the F1 Drivers’ title for a fourth time last year, was confirmed as the winner during the prize giving ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday. He beat athletic stars Usain Bolt and Mo Farah, tennis number one Rafael Nadal, football star Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball ace LeBron James to come out top. It was his fourth nomination in this category and his fifth nomination in total for a Laureus award, having also been put forward in 2009 in the ‘Breakthrough’ category.
“First of all, YES,” he said after being confirmed as the winner. “It is a big honour. This is one of the most special Awards I have received.”
Vettel’s team, Red Bull Racing meanwhile once again failed to take the Laureus World Team of the Year gong, with German football club Bayern Munich, which became the first club to complete the treble of UEFA Champions League (their fifth win), Bundesliga and German Cup titles impressing the judges more.
Marc Márquez, who became the youngest ever MotoGP champion in his debut year in 2013, took the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year win.