Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has been named the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. One of F1’s all-time great drivers, he equaled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles with his fourth consecutive championship in 2020.
The 35-year-old from Stevenage also surpassed Schumacher’s total of 91 grand prix wins.
In a public vote, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson finished second while jockey Hollie Doyle was third.
Boxer Tyson Fury, England cricketer Stuart Broad and billiard great Ronnie O’Sullivan were also shortlisted for the main prize.
“I want to congratulate all the amazing nominees,” said Hamilton. “I am very proud of what you have accomplished and I want to thank everyone who has voted for me.
“I did not expect this knowing that there are so many great contenders.
“I want to say Merry Christmas to everyone; It has been such an unusual year and I want to mention all the frontline workers and all the children around the world. I want you to try to stay positive in this difficult time. sending you all the positivity. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ”
It is the second time Hamilton has been crowned Sports Personality of the Year, having won the award for the first time in 2014.
He is also a four-time runner-up, most recently in 2019.
Hamilton, who holds the record for the most pole positions, won 11 of the 17 grands prix during the 2020 season, which started four months late due to the coronavirus pandemic. He achieved three more podiums.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast’s Sally Nugent, Hamilton also paid tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore, who was honored with the Helen Rollason Award for his incredible fundraising efforts during the lockdown, Young Unsung Hero winner Tobias Weller, and Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford, who won a special award.
“There are so many great stories out there,” Hamilton said. And I really didn’t expect it.
“Your heart always beats in those last seconds when they announce because you have no idea who was called. But I am very, very, very grateful to the British public.
“This is definitely a great help in giving me the best Christmas I could have given under the circumstances.”
Sports Personality of the Year 2020 was streamed live from MediaCityUK, Salford, in front of a virtual audience of 1,000 people and millions of BBC One viewers.
Soccer expert Alex Scott joined the introductory line-up alongside Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan to remember a truly unusual sporting year.