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World champions passed over in Laureus voting

13 March 2013

Neither Sebastian Vettel nor Red Bull Racing was able to prise a prestigious Laureus World Sport award away from stars of the London 2012 Olympics, as F1 was again passed over by voters.

The individual and team world champions were both included on the list of nominations for the 2013 awards, but found themselves up against formidable opposition after an unprecedented year of sport.

Despite claiming his third crown in as many years, and becoming the youngest driver ever to achieve a title hat-trick, Vettel lost out to Olympic 100 metre and 200 metre gold medallist Usain Bolt, along with another double Olympic winner, Mo Farah, Barcelona FC star Lionel Messi, multi gold medallist swimmer Michael Phelps and Tour de France/Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins.

Red Bull, meanwhile, was unable to dislodge the European Ryder Cup team, and had to join China's Olympic table tennis squad, both the Miami Heat and USA Olympic basketball teams and the Spanish national football team in accepting consolation.

The world champions, who begin the defence of their titles in Melbourne this weekend, were not the only motorsport representatives among the nominations, but former Williams and Lotus F1 driver Alex Zanardi also missed out as swimmer Daniel de Faria Dias took the award for the Disability category. Zanardi, who was a multiple CART champion, won two gold medals in the hand cycling events at the London Paralympic Games.

Red Bull did 'win' in the 'Action' category after 'space diver' Felix Baumgartner was recognised for his record-breaking freefall, while British heptathlete Jessica Ennis, who was a guest of the F1 fraternity in Abu Dhabi following her Olympic success last year, won the Female category.


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