JONATHAN MCEVOY: Lewis Hamilton deserves the public acclaim on SPOTY for being one of the most high-achieving sportsmen in history… but the Formula One great is still is something of an enigma to the British public

Lewis Hamilton has always found BBC Sports Personality of the Year a thorny subject. Yet despite his success across 14 seasons, Hamilton is something of an enigma to the British public. We have seen Hamilton develop a strong sense of social conscience in recent years, championing veganism and green issues. Hamilton recently said: ‘Naturally, the human rights issues in so many of the places we go is a consistent and massive problem. He has started his own workforce looking into racism — the Hamilton Commission — which is due to report back next year. Like most successful people, you’ve had a bit of luck and worked hard.

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