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Vettel named world sportsman of the year by Laureus 26 Mar 2014

Sebastian Vettel winner of the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award poses with their trophy during the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Istana Budaya Theatre on March 26, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Formula One Driver Sebastian Vettel speaks after winning the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award during the 2014 Laureus World Sports Award show at the Istana Budaya Theatre on March 26, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sebastian Vettel has been crowned world sportsman of the year at the 2014 Laureus World Sport Awards in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The 26-year-old quadruple world champion saw off the challenge of basketball star LeBron James, tennis player Rafael Nadal, Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and athletes Usain Bolt and Mo Farah to scoop the prestigious prize.

Vettel, who had been nominated four times previously without winning, said the award was “one of the most special I have received.”

The German racer is the latest in a long line of Formula One drivers to have been honoured by Laureus. Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher was named world sportsman of the year in both 2002 and 2004, whilst Juan Pablo Montoya, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are all previous recipients of the Laureus ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ prize, winning in 2002, 2008 and 2010 respectively.

But whilst Vettel claimed individual honours, Red Bull lost out to European football champions Bayern Munich in the 2014 Team of the Year category, an award previously won by Renault (in 2006) and Brawn GP (in 2010).

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