Sebastian Vettel has been honoured by his nation, Germany, in a ceremony in the capital Berlin. The double world champion travelled there on Wednesday after completing his two days test in Barcelona to receive the Silver Bay Laurel Leaf, a sports award issued by the office of the President.
According to Wikipedia, “The Silberne Lorbeerblatt (Silver Bay Laurel Leaf) is the highest sports award in Germany. It had been endowed on June 23, 1950 by the German President Theodor Heuss. To be honored with the Silberne Lorbeerblatt an athlete or a team has to be nominated by the president of the German Olympic Sports Confederation to the German President.
“The honoree also has to have an exemplary character.”
Vettel said, “I like to collect trophies. The silver bay laurel leaf is something special you don’t get every year, possibly only once in your life. This is a big honour.”
The acting German president praised the 24 year old for his achievements in F1 while still remaining “down to Earth”.