On the strength of 11 race victories and en route to his second World Championship, Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton has been named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Hamilton has been in contention for this award twice previously, having coming second in both 2007 and 2008 – his first two years in the sport.
When he lost out on the 2008 SPOTY, he did so to Olympian Sir Chris Hoy – who himself is currently embarking on a new sports car racing career with Nissan.
Hamilton is the first Formula One driver to win the prestigious award since Williams-Renault’s Damon Hill nearly 20 years ago in 1996. Hill also won the award exactly 20 years ago, in 1994.
He’s also the first F1 driver in the top three since Britain’s most recent World Champion, Jenson Button for Mercedes forerunner Brawn GP in 2009.
Hamilton has certainly been a gracious, humble champion this year and a driver whose appreciation of what he achieved this year is far greater than it had been in 2008. It’s cool to see that rewarded with one of Britain’s top sports honors – or honours, as you were.