Hamilton wins SPOTY

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2014 world title
Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2014 world title

Mercedes-Benz F1 star Lewis Hamilton scooped the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at a star-studded ceremony hosted in Glasgow, writes James Beckett.

The 2014 FIA F1 World Champion saw off the challenge of Ulster’s Rory McIlroy to bag the coveted award.

Hamilton said: “This is a big surprise to me. I didn’t actually expect to win this award. I would like to thank the fans who voted for me and made winning this trophy possible.

“I would like to thank the fans for their support this year, and also recognise my family for all the help they have given me. To my Dad and brother, they give unstinting loyalty to me and I want to thank them. Never give up on your dreams as everything is possible in life.”

Development work on a new 2015 specification Mercedes AMG Petronas Grand Prix car is well underway at the team’s Brackley headquarters.

The team dominated the 2014 season and are keen to continue their success when the 2015 season kick-off in March.

Hamilton added: “All the staff have done an amazing job all year. Everyone associated with the team have worked above and beyond the call of duty to make sure Nico and I have had a car to use capable of winning races. I am looking forward to seeing how good the 2015 car will be in the new year.”