Michael Schumacher has been voted the 'Champion of Champions' by French sporting newspaper L'Equipe, beating skier Janica Kostelic and footballer Roberto Carlos. Schumacher also won the accolade last year: the only other Formula One driver to win it was Ayrton Senna in 1990. The current F1 champion took his fifth title in 2002, at the French Grand Prix, which was his third consecutive victory in the Driver's Championship.
Schumacher scored 144 votes from a possible 180 to win the French award and has also recently won the European Sportsman Of The Year, but was only third in his native Germany's Sportsman Of The Year.
Another award this month went to Juan Pablo Montoya, who took the Latin American Driver of 2002 honour. Montoya beat Rubens Barrichello in second and 2002 CART champion, now Toyota F1 driver, Christiano da Matta in third. Ex-Sauber driver Felipe Massa was seventh in the rankings voted on by columnists and media representing all the countries of the continent.
F1 Racing magazine had readers vote in various categories and its end of year awards went to Mark Webber (Rookie of the Year); Rubens Barrichello (Personality of the Year); Michael Schumacher (Driver & Man of the Year); Kimi Raikkonen (Outstanding Manoeuvre of The Year) and Juan Pablo Montoya (Qualifier of the Year).