Dec, 21st 2020 – Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020.
One of F1’s all-time great drivers, he equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles with his fourth consecutive championship in 2020.
It is the second time Hamilton has been crowned Sports Personality of the Year, having first won the award in 2014. The 35-year-old, from Stevenage, also surpassed Schumacher’s total of 91 grand prix wins.
He said, “There’s so many great stories out there. And so I truly wasn’t expecting it. Your heart’s always pumping in those last few seconds when they’re announcing because you have absolutely no idea who was called in. But I am so, so, so grateful to the British public.”
He added, “This definitely goes a long way to giving me the best Christmas that I can have given the circumstances.”
In a public vote, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson finished second while jockey Hollie Doyle was third. Boxer Tyson Fury, England cricketer Stuart Broad and snooker great Ronnie O’Sullivan were also shortlisted for the main award.
Hamilton, speaking to BBC breakfast’s Sally Nugent, paid tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore who was honored with the Helen Rollason Award for his incredible fundraising efforts during lockdown, Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford who won a special award and Young Unsung Hero winner Tobias Weller.
Hamilton said, “I want to say congratulations to all the incredible nominees. I’m so proud of what they have achieved and I want to say thank you to everyone that has voted for me. I wasn’t expecting this knowing there’s so many great contenders.”
He added, “I want to say Merry Christmas to everyone – it’s been such an unusual year and I want to mention all the front line workers and all the children round the world, I want you to try and stay positive through this difficult time, I’m sending you all positivity. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
The Sports Personality of the year was broadcasted live from MediaCityUK, Salford before 1000 strong virtual audience and millions of BBC One viewers.