Lewis Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014

Lewis Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014

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Racing driver Lewis Hamilton has been crowned the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2014, winning 209,920 of the 620,932 votes cast

29-year-old Hamilton is the fifth racing driver to win the award, which is in its 61st year, with previous drivers Damon Hill (1994 and 1996) and Nigel Mansell (1986 and 1992) winning the coveted accolade on two occasions and Stirling Moss (1961) and Sir Jackie Stewart (1973) claiming the prize once.

Mercedes driver Hamilton recently won his second Formula 1 world title in Abu Dhabi, becoming just the 4th Brit to win the drivers' championship at least two times.

Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy came second and athlete Jo Pavey third.

"I was sitting there saying Rory's going to have it," Hamilton said, after winning with 34% of the vote. "I thought it had to be someone else."

The young Brit won 209,920 of the 620,932 votes cast, McIlroy took 123,745 (20%) and Pavey 99,913 (16%).

"I want to say a huge thank you to all the people who called in, I really wasn't expecting it," he added. "I am so speechless. I'm so proud and honoured to be among such great sporting talent."

Hamilton has come close to winning the presitigious award on two occasions in the past – he came second to boxer Joe Calzaghe in 2007 and Sir Chris Hoy in 2008. 

Former Scotland player and Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish awarded Hamilton with the title after former England rugby player Jonny Wilkinson announced his win in front of 12,000 people in Glasgow last night. The speed junky attended the awards ceremony with his beloved dog, Roscoe.

"I could not have done this without my amazing team, my family, my dad who once had four jobs to help me, my brother – I've been incredibly inspired by them," added Hamilton.

"Thank you to all the fans. I always say we win and lose together because I feel your love. I hope I will continue to make you proud."

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