F1 world champion Hamilton’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year odds slashed

PUBLISHED: 10:52 24 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:14 26 November 2014

Lewis Hamilton kisses his 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix trophy [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Lewis Hamilton kisses his 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix trophy [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

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Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton’s odds on winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014 have been slashed following his Abu Dhabi Grand Prix victory.

Lewis Hamilton laps up the applause after winning the world title at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]Lewis Hamilton laps up the applause after winning the world title at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Hamilton landed the 2014 F1 Drivers’ Championship following his faultless performance in Sunday’s Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

After winning the F1 drivers’ title for a second time, the 29-year-old Mercedes driver from Hertfordshire has elbowed his way into contention for this year’s SPOTY, according to bookmakers William Hill and Boylesports.

Golfer Rory McIlroy, who has led the betting market since winning the Open – being as short as 1/8 at some stages through the year – is 2/9 for the BBC award with William Hill, with double world F1 champion Hamilton now 3/1 second favourite.

“The last two Drivers’ Championship wins for Hamilton and Jenson Button did not result in victories at SPOTY, but golf is notorious for splitting public opinion and so there is every chance that Hamilton could scoop the award that he missed out on in 2008,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

Lewis Hamilton after winning the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]Lewis Hamilton after winning the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

Others in the frame with William Hill are Real Madrid and Wales footballer Gareth Bale at 20/1, athlete Jo Pavey at 33/1, and Charlotte Dujardin at 50/1.

After Silver Arrows colleague Nico Rosberg limped out at the final hurdle in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton is 4/6 favourite to win the championship again next year, according to William Hill. Rosberg is 5/2 and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo 10/1.

Boylesports has installed the British driver at 4/5 to retain the crown in 2015.

His team-mate and rival this season, Rosberg, is priced at 7/4 to land the Drivers’ Championship, with Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo next in the betting at 9/1.

Boylesports has priced up a head-to-head market between Hamilton and Rosberg for the 2015 season which sees Hamilton installed at 4/9 to win more points than team-mate Rosberg at 13/8.

Hamilton has now won two world drivers’ crowns and he is priced at 7/4 to win three in his career.

As a result of his Abu Dhabi victory, Hamilton is now 11/4 from 7/2 to win the 2014 BBC SPOTY prize, according to Boylesports, with Rory McIlroy eased to 2/7 from 1/6.

Liam Glynn, PR executive at Boylesports, said “Lewis Hamilton has now won two World Drivers’ Championships and he can be backed at 4/5 to retain the title in 2015.

“Having recorded 11 wins this season our traders are reporting interest in Hamilton at 8/11 to win over 7.5 Grand Prix races in 2015.”

He added “Hamilton has now been cut into 11/4 from 7/2 to win the BBC SPOTY award and we are seeing support for the British driver at his current price.

“Some lucky punters may also be happy come December as Hamilton had been backed down from 14/1 throughout the year to land the coveted SPOTY award.”

When asked at the post-race press conference in Abu Dhabi about the Sports Personality of the Year trophy, Hamilton replied “I’m more hoping that I get to go and see the Queen again.”


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