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2014-03-27 08:42

VETTEL THE GREAT: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has finally won the Laureus sportsman of the year award after being nominated five times. Image: AP

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Sebastian Vettel has finally won the coveted Laureus world sportsman of the year award.

It was the Red Bull driver's fifth nomination since he began to dominate Formula 1 with the team several years ago.


But, according to an official Laureus statement issued after Wednesday's (March 26) gala ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, only his 2013 triumph saw him "join motor racing legends Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost" in winning four titles, "but he did it more quickly than them".

Vettel said after receiving the award in Malaysia: "To be nominated for the award is a great honour for me and to win the award is truly very special as I can now sit among the great sporting legend."

The Laureus statement said Vettel, 26, is now "one of the greatest drivers of all time".

Vettel beat fellow nominees Usain Bolt and Mo Farah, both athletes, as well as basketball's Lebron James, tennis' Rafael Nadal and footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

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