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Stevenage: Lewis Hamilton beats favourite McIlroy to land BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award

Lewis Hamilton lifts the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. Credit: PA

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton's has been voted as the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.

The Formula One world champion was presented with the award at a ceremony in Glasgow last night.

He beat golfer Rory McIlroy and runner Jo Pavey to the prize, claiming 34% of the votes.

Golfer Rory McIlroy was voted as runner-up. Credit: PA

“I am really, really taken aback. I am overwhelmed and feel so honoured.

When I was growing up in Stevenage, of course I wanted to be a racing driver and be the best in the world but I didn’t ever contemplate all the people who would support or follow me. I just wanted to be the best.”

– Lewis Hamilton, BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner

"A humbling experience" Lewis Hamilton talks about second World Championship title

Lewis Hamilton celebrating his second World Championship title Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has described becoming World Champion again as a "humbling" experience and "sweeter" than last time.

Hamilton, 29, won his second title in Abu Dhabi after finishing third to see off his nearest challenger, Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

He also admitted he thought the new double points system might have seen him miss out on the title.

At a press conference this morning he thanked all the staff back at the factory in Brackley in Northamptonshire.

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Hamilton: Abu Dhabi win 'the greatest day of my life'

Lewis Hamilton has tweeted his thanks for the support of his fans after he joined an elite club of Formula One world champions in securing his second drivers' championship title with a win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Mercedes hail Hamilton F1 title win

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team have joined a flurry of Twitter tributes after the British driver won his second world Formula 1 world title.

Big names from around the sporting world also paid tribute to Hamilton on Twitter, including tennis star Andy Murray, former England striker Ian Wright and golf legend Greg Norman.

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Hamilton hopes race simulator will virtually assure him of Austrian success

Hamilton preparing for Austria Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton will be training on a virtual simulator ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton will have to learn quickly to get up to speed with Austria as it is a circuit he has never encountered before.

The Red Bull Ring circuit will host its first Grand Prix since 2003 next weekend.

Years and years and years ago, when I was 13 to 15, I drove it in a computer game, and I've obviously seen it on TV," said Hamilton.

"But once I get on the sim I'll learn it quickly. It shouldn't be a problem.

Mercedes driver Hamilton said the team will also be trying to work out what caused the problem in the Canadian GP last Sunday.

"I have a lot of training planned and I'll be in the simulator, and the team will be flat out trying to understand and fix for the next race the issue we had."

Lauda: Hamilton has accepted Monaco loss but situation still 'tricky'

Hamilton took second at Monaco Credit: Marco Piovanotto/ABACAPRESS.COM

Lewis Hamilton has accepted his defeat in last month's Monaco Grand Prix, says Niki Lauda.

The Mercedes F1 non-executive chairman says the relationship between Stevenage-born Hamilton and team mate Nico Rosberg remains 'tricky'.

The Bad blood between the pair followed an incident in qualifying where an apparent mistake by Rosberg led to yellow flags that thwarted Hamilton's bid to claim pole position.

Hamilton then tweeted on Friday he and Rosberg had spoken, claiming they were now "cool" and "still friends".

Lauda, speaking to Osterreich newspaper, said:"Lewis has now accepted Nico won in Monaco and he was second, which is really no shame," said the three-times champion.

"In Montreal we will get together again and discuss everything. After that the fight will go on for the world championships.

"But with two alphas currently sitting in the best car it is tricky, although given our superiority that in turn makes the races interesting.

"But we will let our drivers race against each other without restriction because whilst tension is quite normal, it can also escalate. Then I get involved as a mentor."

Hamilton secures podium finish in Chinese Grand Prix

Hamilton started the race from pole Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton secured his second successive podium finish after coming third in the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver had started the race in pole position, but eventually lost out to Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel finished fourth. Storming through the field from ninth. Team mate Mark Webber did not finish.

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