Sebastian Vettel has finally been beaten to an award...

Despite having cleaned up with a record-breaking championship defence, Sebastian Vettel has been beaten in the annual awards ceremony to recognise Germany’s outstanding male athlete of the year.

The Red Bull Racing driver missed out on the accolade to Dallas Mavericks NBA player Dirk Nowitzki, who was voted the winner by a jury of 1,500 sports journalists.

The awards ceremony was broadcast nationally in a televised ceremony in the city of Baden-Baden.

Vettel is still up for one more major recognition, as he has been shortlisted as one of six nominees in the Sportsman of the Year category at the annual Laureus Awards.

But he’ll be up against Nowitzki once again, along with sprinter Usain Bolt, tennis player Novak Djokovic, Tour de France winner Cadel Evans and footballer Lionel Messi.

Vettel’s Red Bull Racing team has also been nominated in the Team of the Year category, alongside the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team, the English cricket team, the Japanese women’s football team, the Dallas Mavericks and FC Barcelona.

[Original image via AutoBlog]

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