Hamilton to skip BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards

Last Updated December 09 2017, 15:42Formula 1
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton will not attend next Sunday's BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

The 32-year-old, who earlier this year became the first British driver to win more than three titles, is behind only favourite Anthony Joshua to win the prize.

But Press Association Sport understands Hamilton will instead be working on personal commitments during a break in America and will miss the prestigious event at Liverpool's Echo Arena on December 17.

Sky Bet make him 13/2 to win the coveted prize, with Anthony Joshua favourite.

Hamilton, who was formally presented with this year's F1 championship trophy at Friday night's FIA prize-giving gala in Paris, was second favourite in 2014 only to beat Rory McIlroy to the award following the public vote.

Hamilton has also finished as runner-up in 2007 - following his spectacular debut season - and again in 2008 after he clinched his maiden title.

Hamilton's absence will come as a blow to the show's organisers with question marks over the attendance of Tour de France winner Chris Froome and four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah.

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