Lewis Hamilton has won the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award for the second time, after winning his record-breaking seventh Formula 1 title!
Hamiton has been nominated alongside boxing champion Tyson Fury, cricketer Stuart Broad, football player Jordan Henderson, snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan and jockey Hollie Doyle. The winner was voted by BBC viewers.
Lewis has won the award previously in 2014, while in 2018 and 2019 he was runner-up. He has been notimated a total of nine times.
“Firstly, I couldn’t have done that without a great group of people that I work [with]. I’m so grateful for all their hard work and I think it’s a collaboration,” said Hamilton at the awards ceremony via video link.
“We learn each year. We have to raise the bar. I love that as a driver physically and mentally that’s what I’m challenged with but also working with people, having to raise the bar collectively.
“I think it’s just a part of my DNA. I love what I do and I’ve been passionate about it since I was five-years-old so each year I come back and I’m already back to training since I fell ill and I’m already focussed on being better next year.”
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Aside from breaking records and becoming the most successful Formula 1 driver in history, in 2020 Lewis Hamilton also founded the Hamilton Commission, tasked with increasing diversity in motorsport. During his appearance at the Awards Ceremony, the Briton also mentioned Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford, who fought for free school meals throughout the holidays, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think this year you have seen so many inspirational individuals and congratulations to Marcus [Rashford] there. There are so many people doing great things out there.
“I think our sport, it shouldn’t matter where you come from. We’ve really got to fight for gender equality. It shouldn’t matter what your social-economic background is.
“So I think we’ve got to work together collectively and that’s really why I put the Hamilton Commission together, to try and find out what the barriers are and break those down.
“It’s not about seeing the next me come through particularly, it’s about creating equal opportunities and being reflective of the outside world.
After winning the award Hamilton took the opportunity to congratulate all of the nominees.
“I just want to say congratulations to all the incredible nominees because I’m so proud of what they have achieved this year and I really want to say thank you for everyone that’s called in and voted for me.
“I really wasn’t expecting this knowing that there’s so many great contenders. But I think we’re all winners, and I really want to send a Merry Christmas to everyone.
“I know it’s been such an unusual year, but to all the frontline workers and all the children around the world: please try and stay positive, through this difficult time.
“I’m sending everyone positivity and, again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I think this year has just shown, and it does every year, just shows how many iconic heroes we have in the UK.
“I’m just really proud to be amongst them all, and I will continue to try and do my part for representing the country in the best way I can.
“And please everyone out there, go out and follow your dreams. For the kids, please never give up on yourself.
“Continue to believe in yourself, because you have what it takes to be great,” concluded the seven-time champion.
F1 drivers that previously received the award are Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Sir Jackie Stewart and the late Stirling Moss.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was also a nominee for the Coach of the Year Award, however he lost out to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
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