Lewis Hamilton Named BBC Sports Personality of the Year After Record Breaking F1 Season

Published 12/21/2020, 2:28 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


Lewis Hamilton is over the 9th cloud now. From the day he broke Schumacher’s record of the highest number of Grand Prix wins, the celebrations have not stopped.

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He won his title of the 7th driver’s championship and helped the Silver Arrows bag their 7th constructors’ title. However, that was not the end of it.

The BBC nominated the F1 champion for a 6th time in their Sports Personality of the Year. Having already won the award in 2014 and been runners up for 4 times, Lewis expected little.

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Moreover, with his competition being Liverpool FC captain, James Henderson, he did not have high hopes. Yet, destiny specializes in shocking people all the time.

BBC announced their 6-time nominee, the lad from Stevenage, Lewis Hamilton, Sports Personality of the Year 2020. Well, to his fans, it is another reason to celebrate and to him another prestigious title to his name.

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,remarked a grateful Hamilton. 

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Lewis Hamilton has the spirit of a champion

Christmas came early for Lewis Hamilton with his award from BBC. Earlier this year, Sports Pro nominated him and Leclerc to feature in the list of most marketable athletes. From that to the Sports Personality of the year, Lewis is moving quick in his career.

The champ got infected with COVID in the second weekend of the Middle Eastern tripleheader. Although he missed Sakhir Grand Prix, his passion for the sport forbade him to sit out the Abu Dhabi weekend. Lewis was back behind the wheel at Yas Marina and secured a podium. A champion indeed.

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,” remarked Hamilton with tons of wishes for everyone.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Third placed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

The BBC Sport Award is one of the most prestigious in the business. Besides Hamilton, there were many others from various sports. However, he was the only Brit from F1 to make it to the awards. Congratulations to him and all the best for his future.

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Indrasish Ganguly

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Indrasish Ganguly is an F1 author at Essentially Sports. An avid fan of the F1 championship, the Kolkata based writer admires Lewis Hamilton the most on the F1 grid. His interest in racing stems from his love for cars and speed.

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