Lewis Hamilton is still the bookies’ favourite to win the BBC’s end-of-year sports personality of the year award, despite his disappointing result in the recent Hungarian Grand Prix.
To scoop the gong he might well have to win the drivers’ championship – only twice in the history of the BBC award has the top prize not gone to an Olympian in Olympics year.
Perhaps it is an omen that on both occasions it was racing drivers who gave the acceptance speech. In 1992 world drivers’ champion Nigel Mansell won the viewers’ vote, in 1996 it was F1 champ Damon Hill.
Hamilton could well face some tough competition from 14-year-old British Olympic medal prospect Tom Daley, who has captured the media’s, if not the public’s, imagination with his perma-smiled performances.
The Daily Mirror has reported that Hamilton is still in pole market position with the bookies at 5-4, with young Daley some way behind at 7-1.
In other F1 news, Paddock Talk website has reported that Mexico is hoping to be added to an expanded formula one calendar by 2010.
Valencia will host an F1 even for the first time in September.