Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton on winning Sportsman of the Year 2014. Lewis Hamilton, along with teammate Nico Rosberg have had an amazing year, with the 2014 F1 Season culminating in a thrilling win for Lewis Hamilton which enabled him to collect the F1 World Cup Race Car Drivers Championship.
Lewis Hamilton beat golfer Rory McIlroy and Jo Pavey into second and third place respectively, to win this year’s award with 33% of the votes.
In second place was golfer Rory McIlory who, during 2014 won two Major titles – The Open Championship at Hoylake and PGA Championship in Kentucky. Rory Mcllory was also part of the European team that successfully defended the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September. 25-year-old Mcllory ended the season as world No 1, having also topped the European Order of Merit during an incredible 2014.
Third place went to Jo Pavey, athlete and mother who, at the age of 41, collected her first major gold medal by winning the 10,000m at the European Championships in Zurich.
Chris Hoy was given a lifetime award since he has retired from cycling.
Lewis Hamilton, who started his career as British Karting Champion in 1995 aged just 10, attended the 2014 Sportsman of the Year event staged by the BBC on Sunday night at Glasgow's Hydro, which was a venue during the summer's 2014 Commonwealth Games, with his brother Nic and his Bulldog Roscoe, who stole the show on the red carpet. Lewis and his brother Nic flew in from Los Angeles and flew straight back after adding his name to a list of four F1 racing drivers who have won the Sportsman of the Year title - and these include Sir Stirling moss, Nigel Mansell (twice) and Damon Hill who also won it twice.
Upon receiving the trophy which was presented by rugby star Johnny Wilkinson Hamilton said:
‘I am so proud of being British,’ he said. ‘I am proud and honoured to be among such talent. A huge thank you to all the people who called in. It’s been such an incredible year. I couldn’t have done it without my team and my family. My father did four jobs to make this possible. Being here is a reminder of how many great sportsmen we have, and I never thought I would be up here with the greats. This is a dream"
Lewis thanked all his fans who have followed him around the world online and on foot - for all their tremendouse support.
HAMILTONS 2014 YEAR BY NUMBERS
It has been a hugely successful season for Lewis Hamilton who can now proclaim himself to be a double Formula One world champion and winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
Here is the lowdown of Lewis Hamilton's season in numbers.
209,920 - Number of public votes received in the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, one
third of the total votes cast.
67 - Points ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg at the end of the season.
11 - Wins this year from 19, making him the most successful non-German driver in one season as Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel both won 13 races in a single campaign.
7 - Fastest laps this season.
7 - Pole positions this year, although Hamilton came second to Nico Rosberg who scored 11.
5 - His highest run of successive wins this year. Only Schumacher, Vettel and Alberto Ascari have managed more in one season.
2 - A second world title means Lewis Hamilton is now one of only 16 drivers to have been champion more than once and is also the fourth Briton to win Double F1 World Championships along with Graham Hill, Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart.
1 - After two second-placed finishes (2007 and 2008), Lewis Hamilton has his first BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
Lewis Hamilton, two-time F1 World Champion 2008 2014
Lewis Hamilton is Britain's first multiple world champion in 43 years. Jackie Stewart last achieved the feat in 1971 and won the title for a third and final time in 1973.
Lewis Hamilton's six-year wait between titles (2008 to 2014) just falls short of Niki Lauda's record of seven (1977 to 1984). Graham Hill (1962, 1968) and Jack Brabham (1960, 1966) also had six-year gaps between title wins.
Jackie Stewart (1969, 1971, 1973), Graham Hill (1962, 1968) and Jim Clark (1963, 1965) are Britain's only other multiple F1 world champions.
Lewis Hamilton becomes Mercedes' first champion since Juan Manuel Fangio's back-to-back titles for the manufacturer in 1954 and 1955.
Abu Dhabi 2014 GP Results
|4||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-Renault||55||+37.237||PL||24|
|6||27||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||55||+1:02.148||12||16|
|7||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||55||+1:11.060||11||12|
|8||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||55||+1:12.045||PL||8|
Formula One 2014 Drivers Championship Final
- Constructors' Championship standings
Twenty races have been scheduled for the 2015 Formula One season, starting in Australia and finishing in Abu Dhabi with a return for the Mexico GP
1. March 15 2015 Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne.
2. March 29 Malaysian Grand Prix – Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur.
3. April 5 Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir.
4. April 19 Chinese Grand Prix – Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai.
5. May 10 Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona.
6. May 24 Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo.
7. June 7 Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal.
8. June 21 Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg.
9. July 5 British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone.
10. July 19 German Grand Prix – Nürburgring, Nürburg.
11. July 26 Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest.
12. August 23 Belgian Grand Prix – Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot.
13. September 6 Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza.
14. September 20 Singapore Grand Prix – Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore.
15. September 27 Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka.
16. October 11 Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi.
17. October 25 United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas.
18. November 1 Mexican Grand Prix – Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City.
19. November 15 Brazilian Grand Prix – Interlagos, São Paulo.
20. November 29 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi.
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