Hamilton misses the cut for SPOTY short-list

Jamie Woodhouse
Lewis Hamilton walking past cameras. Abu Dhabi December 2021

Lewis Hamilton walking past cameras. Abu Dhabi December 2021

Lewis Hamilton’s epic challenge for the 2021 title has not done enough to put him on the Sports Personality of the Year short-list.

The Sports Personality of the Year event is held annually by the BBC in December, designed to recognise and celebrate British sporting successes, but two-time winner Hamilton will not be up for selection this time around.

The news comes as something of a surprise, with Hamilton having got within a lap of claiming an eighth F1 World Championship before a late Safety Car in Abu Dhabi and controversial Race Control intervention saw the title go in favour of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

It had been an epic title contest between the pair, who went into that deciding round level on points – the first time since 1974 that had happened.

But while Hamilton is not in the SPOTY running this time around, Verstappen is – the Dutchman has been nominated for the international World Sports Star gong, which celebrates the achievements of overseas athletes.

Lewis Hamilton post race. Abu Dhabi December 2021
# 44 Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team), F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit. Abu Dhabi December 2021

As for the athletes who did make the main SPOTY Award short-list, first there is tennis’ United States Open winner Emma Raducanu, a big F1 fan.

Olympic gold medallist diver Tom Daley joins her after winning the the synchronised 10-metre platform event alongide Matty Lee at the delayed Tokyo games.

Boxer Tyson Fury is also up for the award, as is Team GB swimming star at the Olympics, Adam Peaty, who after taking gold in the 100m breaststroke became the first British swimmer to successfully defend an Olympic title.


Joining the nominees list is Manchester City and England footballer Raheem Sterling, who made UEFA’s team of the tournament at the Euros as part of England’s run to the final, while his Manchester City team claimed the 2020-21 Premier League title.

Completing the list is cycling star Dame Sarah Storey, who at the Tokyo games became Great Britain’s most successful Paralympian of all time when securing a 17th gold medal.


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