Two-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel is to be awarded the Silver Laurel Leaf which is the highest accolade for sporting excellence in Germany. Among the other athletes who were recently awarded the Silver Laurel Leaf, include NBA superstar Dirk Nowitzki and the German national football team. Michael Schumacher also picked up the award after obtaining his own second world title in 1995.
"I was surprised when I heard of the ceremony, because I did not assume that one day I would receive the Silver Laurel Leaf," said Vettel. "The more it is a great honor for me. I am extremely proud and look forward to the reception in Berlin." added the reigning F1 world champion.
German President Christian Wulff will give the award to Vettel on 24 February in Berlin.