Lewis Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year after beating Rory McIlroy to crown

  • Lewis Hamilton becomes the first F1 driver since Damon Hill in 1996 to win
  • Hamilton has finished second twice in both 2007 and 2008
  • Rory McIlroy was runner-up and athlete Jo Pavey finished in third
  • Hamilton received 209,920 votes - 33.8% of the total vote cast
  • World No 1 golfer McIlroy received 123,745 votes (19.9%)
  • England women's rugby union team were named Team of the Year 
  • Sir Chris Hoy received the Lifetime Achievement award
  • Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is Overseas Personality of the Year

Lewis Hamilton came with his pet bulldog and went home with the top prize — BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The Mercedes racing driver was a surprise winner of the coveted award in a glittering ceremony in Glasgow, capping a year that saw him secure the Formula One world championship for a second time.

He flew in from Los Angeles and flew pretty much straight back after adding his name to four previous winners from his sport — Sir Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell (twice) and Damon Hill (twice). 

Lewis Hamilton receives the trophy as he is named 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Hamilton (centre) poses alongside runner-up Rory McIlroy (right) and athlete Jo Pavey

McIlroy (right) congratulates winner Hamilton as the pair shake hands on stage after the announcement

Hamilton (right) speaks on stage to the crowd as he is interviewed by presenter Gary Lineker

Hamilton (centre) sits alongside brother Nicolas as the awards ceremony takes place on Sunday night

The Mercedes driver thanking fans from his private jet with his pet dog, Roscoe

Hamilton pets Roscoe on his plane while giving his appreciation to his supporters

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton arrives on the red carpet along with his dog Roscoe

Hamilton walks down the red carpet in Glasgow on Sunday as his pet dog Roscoe slowly follows

Lewis Hamilton is held aloft after winning the F1 driver's championship in Abu Dhabi last month

Name  Number of votes Percentage 
Lewis Hamilton 209,92033.8
Rory McIlroy123,74519.9
Jo Pavey99,91316.1 
Charlotte Dujardin 75,81412.2
Kelly Gallagher & Charlotte Evans 35,871  5.8
Lizzy Yarnold 23,188  3.7
Max Whitlock 17,219  2.8
Gareth Bale 13,747  2.2
Carl Froch 11,616  1.9
Adam Peaty  9,899 1.6
TOTAL 620,932100.0 

It was a shock because the bookmakers had installed Rory McIlroy as odds-on favourite. Hamilton had always seemed to be ‘Marmite’ — loved or hated — but the people who like him spread their love in the live phone-in to take him one place higher than he managed in 2007 and 2008. The margin — 209,920 to McIlroy’s 123,745 — was an even bigger surprise. 

The Ulsterman looked upset at coming second. Jo Pavey, who won two major athletics medals — including European gold in the 10,000m — at the age of 40 and having returned to the track in May after the birth of her second child, was third.

The claims of both Hamilton, who took his dog Roscoe for a walk on the red carpet before the ceremony, and McIlroy were immense.

McIlroy’s brilliance was showcased in 25 days, starting with his first round at Hoylake, where he won The Open, and finishing with his final round at Valhalla, where he won the USPGA Championship. His first World Golf Championship win fell in the middle. His aggregate total was 48 under par and 11 of the 12 rounds were under 70. Remarkable statistics by any stretch and then there was the sheer uninhibited style of his play. Those claims were impressive.

But so were Hamilton’s. He was only the fourth Briton to win double world championships — joining Graham Hill, Jim Clark and Stewart. He has won more races than any compatriot (33). His 11 race wins this season was another national record. 

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale joined the ceremony via video link from the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco

McIlroy (right) greets Paul McGinley as the golfing pair take their seats at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow

Former British track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy is recognised with the Lifetime Achievement award

The big screen shows Gareth Bale presenting Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo with the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award

The stage is full as the England women's rugby union team receive their Team of the Year award

Europe's 2014 Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley speaks on stage as he wins Coach of the Year


Sports Personality of the Year

Lewis Hamilton (Formula One) 

Team of the Year

England women's Rugby World Cup team 

Coach of the Year

Paul McGinley (Golf)  

Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 

Young Sports Personality of the Year

Claudia Fragapane (Gymnastics)

Helen Rollason Award 

Competitors at the Invictus Games

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sir Chris Hoy (Track cycling)

Unsung Hero

Jill Stidever (Swimming)

Oh, yes, the car was good but his ability to put it in places others could not at speeds they could not match was remarkable. It has been that way ever since he announced himself as a talent of rare brilliance. And he does it in a dangerous sport.

One wonders how much nationality had to play in the outcome. McIlroy has said he will compete for Ireland at the Olympics. Hamilton, despite where his taxes are paid, is avowedly British.

‘I am so proud of being British,’ he said. ‘I am proud and honoured to be among such talent. A huge thank you to all the people who called in. It’s been such an incredible year. I couldn’t have done it without my team and my family. 

'My father did four jobs to make this possible. Being here is a reminder of how many great sportsmen we have, and I never thought I would be up here with the greats. This is a dream.’

Yet another award fell at Cristiano Ronaldo’s twinkling feet when he was named Overseas Personality of the Year.

On an evening populated by the royalty of Scottish sport — mostly handing out the prizes, though in the case of Sir Chris Hoy awarded one himself — as well as Prince Harry, Ronaldo added some foreign glitz. His Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale presented the award to his fellow and greatest Galactico, who this year scored his 200th goal in 178 games. His 23 hat-tricks is a La Liga record. 

Prince Harry (left) presents the Helen Rollason Award to Lieutenant David Henson, who represents the competitors at this year's Invictus Games

Gymnast Claudia Fragapane receives the 2014 Young Sports Personality of the Year award

Jill Stidever, winner of the Unsung Hero award, sheds a tear as she receives her trophy on stage

Scottish band Simple Minds kick off the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Glasgow

BBC presenter Gabby Logan smiles as she hosts the famous annual awards ceremony

Paul McGinley, meticulous captain of Europe’s Ryder Cup- winning golfers in Gleneagles, was awarded Coach of the Year. A misnomer perhaps, but who could begrudge him after his team was so good it almost rendered an intrinsically heart-stopping competition an anti-climax?

In every sphere Europe had the measure of the USA, as they posted a 16½-11½ victory.

Sunday night’s ceremony was staged in Glasgow’s Hydro, a venue for this summer’s superb Commonwealth Games. So it was appropriate that Hoy, a twice Commonwealth champion, was handed the Lifetime Achievement Award. Hoy, 38, is Britain’s most decorated Olympian with six gold medals and one silver on his bulging c.v. He also has 11 world titles. But the facts do not convey what a fabulous standard-bearer for British sport he has been.

All 12,000 of the cheering home crowd realised something of his status as a true sportsman in the rounded sense of the word.

Sochi 2014 gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold (right) speaks to presenter Clare Balding during the ceremony

Prince Harry (centre) sits alongside Jonny WIlkinson (left) during the awards ceremony

McIlroy is pictured on the red carpet ahead of the ceremony (left), and Carl Fogarty arrives (right)

Victoria Pendleton poses for the cameras (left), and Carl Froch arrives with fiancee Rachael Cordingley


It has been a phenomenally successful season for Lewis Hamilton, who can now proclaim himself to be a double Formula One world champion and winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Here is a rundown of Hamilton's season in numbers.


209,920 - Number of public votes received in the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

67 - Points ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg at the end of the season.

11 - Wins this year, making him the most successful non-German driver in one season as Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel both won 13 races in a single campaign.

7 - Fastest laps this season.

7 - Pole positions this year, although he came second to Rosberg who scored 11.

5 - His highest run of successive wins this year. Only Schumacher, Vettel and Alberto Ascari have managed more in one season.

2 - A second world title means Hamilton is now one of 16 drivers to have been champion more than once.

1 - After two second-placed finishes, Hamilton has his first BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

And here's who has previously been crowned Sports Personality of the Year

1954 Sir Chris Chataway

1955 Gordon Pirie

1956 Jim Laker

1957 Dai Rees

1958 Ian Black

1959 John Surtees

1960 David Broome

1961 Sir Stirling Moss

1962 Anita Lonsbrough

1963 Dorothy Hyman

1964 Mary Rand

1965 Tommy Simpson

1966 Bobby Moore

1967 Sir Henry Cooper

1968 David Hemery

1969 Ann Jones

1970 Sir Henry Cooper

1971 HRH Princess Anne

1972 Dame Mary Peters

1973 Sir Jackie Stewart

1974 Brendan Foster

1975 David Steele

1976 John Curry

1977 Virginia Wade

1978 Steve Ovett

1979 Sebastian Coe

1980 Robin Cousins

1981 Ian Botham

1982 Daley Thompson

1983 Steve Cram 

1984 Torvill and Dean 

1985 Barry McGuigan

1986 Nigel Mansell

1987 Fatima Whitbread

1988 Steve Davis

1989 Nick Faldo

1990 Paul Gascoigne

1991 Liz McColgan

1992 Nigel Mansell

1993 Linford Christie

1994 Damon Hill

1995 Jonathan Edwards

1996 Damon Hill

1997 Greg Rusedski

1998 Michael Owen

1999 Lennox Lewis

2000 Sir Steve Redgrave

2001 David Beckham

2002 Paula Radcliffe

2003 Jonny Wilkinson

2004 Dame Kelly Holmes

2005 Andrew Flintoff

2006 Zara Phillips

2007 Joe Calzaghe

2008 Sir Chris Hoy

2009 Ryan Giggs

2010 AP McCoy

2011 Mark Cavendish

2012 Sir Bradley Wiggins

2013 Andy Murray