The last time Lewis Hamilton won the Formula 1 Drivers World Championship was back in 2008, and back then, he finished runner up in the BBC Sports Personality of the year award.
Fast forward six years, and runner up is exactly where the bookies expect Hamilton to finish in this year’s BBC SPOTY award, despite winning his second world championship just a few weeks back.
In 2008, Hamilton finished runner up to triple Gold medal winning Olympic cyclist, Sir Chris Hoy – a worthy winner. And it looks like history may well repeat itself this Sunday, when Hamilton looks likely to finish runner-up to another worthy winner, Rory McIlroy.
Hamilton won the 2014 World Championship by a margin of 67 points, and although that sounds like a healthy margin, in reality, it wasn’t.
Going into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton could still be pipped to the title by Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg, who still had an outside chance of winning his first world crown.
What Are Lewis Hamilton’s Odds To Win Sports Personality Of The Year?
Lewis Hamilton is second favourite in the betting behind Rory McIlroy to win the BBC SPOTY award. He is currently a best price of 15/8 to take the accolade.
Had Hamilton ran away with the title and had it sown up two thirds of the way through the season, and totally dominated the sport, then maybe he would have had more chance of running McIlroy close for SPOTY. Both men are top of their respective sports, but McIlroy seems far more dominant at the moment.
Bookmakers offering odds of 15/8 on Hamilton to win Sports Personality of the year are….
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