Hamil­ton set to snub SPOTY awards night

Evening Times - - SPORT -

LEWIS Hamil­ton has re­vealed it is un­likely he will at­tend the BBC Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year Award, de­spite be­ing among the fron­trun­ners to win the prize.

Hamil­ton, 33, is ex­pected to be on the six-per­son short­list which, for the first time, will be an­nounced dur­ing the live show that this year takes place at the Gent­ing Arena in Birm­ing­ham on De­cem­ber 16.

The Mercedes star, back in ac­tion at this week­end’s Brazil­ian Grand Prix a fort­night af­ter se­cur­ing his fifth world ti­tle, is third favourite with the book­mak­ers, be­hind Tour de France win­ner Geraint Thomas and Eng­land cap­tain Harry Kane, to win the pub­lic vote.

But when asked if he will at­tend the an­nual prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony, Hamil­ton replied: “It is most un­likely.”

Hamil­ton, who beat Rory McIl­roy to the award in 2014 and was a run­ner-up in 2007 and 2008, but fin­ished only sixth last year, will in­stead be at his win­ter train­ing camp in Colorado.

Sir Mo Farah won the 2017 vote ahead of World Su­per­bike cham­pion, Jonathan Rea, while para-ath­lete Jon­nie Pea­cock com­pleted an un­likely top three.

“I re­mem­ber stand­ing up there in 2014 and I was re­ally blown away be­cause the pub­lic had called in and sup­ported me,” Hamil­ton, sec­ond fastest in prac­tice at In­ter­la­gos on Fri­day, added. “But re­ceiv­ing an award in front of all those peo­ple is not re­ally some­thing I like. I avoid if I can.

“It is awk­ward for me. Even when I am at the team fac­tory, and in front of all the staff, it is not a com­fort­able place for me.” it

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