Following on from his remarkable championship year, Lewis Hamilton has been named as the BBC sports personality of the year at the annual event.
Hamilton was named ahead of runner-up Rory McIlroy following a public vote for the most important sporting achievement of the year. Hamilton finished as runner up in 2007 and 2008 during his first season and after winning his first championship.
- Sterling Moss (1961)
- Jackie Stewart (1973)
- Nigel Mansell (1986,1992)
- Damon Hill (1994,1996)
Former teammate Jenson Button was runner up after his championship year in 2009.
Hamilton was emotional as he received the trophy, paying tribute to his team and Nico Rosberg among others and also talked about his future in the sport – he hopes to race for at least another 7 years, which would give him the opportunity to equal some of the greats in the sport in terms of the number of championships they’ve won.
Hamilton also talked about how his next priority is a holiday – he’s heading to Colorado for Christmas, before heading back to Brackley in the New Year to start preparations for his title defence. 2015 testing begins on 1 February, at which point we’ll be able to see how close other teams have got to Mercedes and whether the new McLaren Honda partnership is able to make a challenge next season.