F1 Fans Lash Out As Lewis Hamilton Curiously Misses Out on SPOTY Nomination

Published 12/13/2021, 7:14 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Although Formula 1 witnessed history being made at Abu Dhabi, it wasn’t the best day to be a Lewis Hamilton fan. In an absolutely glorious way, Hamilton charged through the Yas Marina, ready to take his rightful title; in the blink of an eye, it wasn’t his anymore. However, the F1 legend may have been robbed of another prestigious award.

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BBC sport announced its Sports Personality of the Year nominees, and fans noticed a very important person missing from the list. From Tom Daley and Tyson Fury- the man missing was F1’s Lewis Hamilton.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates finishing second in the race with the trophy Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

It’s the first time they have not featured Hamilton on the nominee’s list since losing the title to Rosberg in 2016. Further, with the timing of the announcement placed after the championship result, fans are furious.

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F1 fans question BBC nominee list

Not only have BBC nominated Hamilton for the award on multiple occasions, but the 7-time-champion has also won the award eight times. Further, F1 has seen the best of Hamilton this year. Under pressure, and still unstoppable; this was a year to win the award.

Thus, the lack of Hamilton’s name on the list was a glaring error on behalf of any Formula 1 fan.

Lewis Hamilton- the champion of the people

Hamilton’s reaction to his defeat only stands testament to his character as a sportsman. Having lost his race lead on the final lap, under unprecedented circumstances, anyone else would have been furious. But as always, Hamilton conducted himself with absolute class.

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With statements free from anger to hugging his rival for the victory, Hamilton’s defeat was a private one.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after finishing second in the race and world championship with race and world championship winner Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and third placed in the race Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

In his first words out of the car, Hamilton held his head high. “Well, firstly a big congratulations to Max and to his team. I think we did an amazing job this year. My team, everyone back at the factory, all the men and women we have, and here, have worked so hard this whole year.”

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Still attributing his success to Mercedes, who are now eight-time world champions, Hamilton remained silent for the rest of the evening. However, knowing the positive light he holds, surely Hamilton will share his thoughts; only after having had time to sort through the many emotions he may be feeling right now. Regardless, Hamilton will remain the victor of the people.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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