Lewis Hamilton: BBC Sports Personality 2015 contender

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Sports Personality 2015 contender: Lewis Hamilton
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015
Date: Sunday, 20 December. Venue: SSE Arena, Belfast. Time: 18:50-21:00 GMT. Coverage: BBC One, Radio 5 live, BBC Sport website.
Preview show: BBC Two, Tuesday 15 December 22:35-23:35 GMT

"Every year he has moved the bar up" - F1 pundit Eddie Jordan on Lewis Hamilton in our Sports Personality contenders series.

Hamilton, 30, is the latest contender to be profiled in the run-up to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on 20 December, as we focus on one of the 12 shortlisted nominees each day before the show.

Year in a nutshell

  • Won a third Formula 1 title to become only the second British man after Sir Jackie Stewart to achieve feat
  • Passed Ayrton Senna's mark of 41 career race wins, and joined his childhood hero by winning three championships
  • Edged out team-mate Nico Rosberg with thrilling United States Grand Prix victory
  • Win was 10th of campaign for last year's Sports Personality
Lewis Hamilton

What they say - Eddie Jordan

"He has matured beyond all scope and grown into something that is very special.

"What sets Hamilton apart from anyone else is his style and the way he goes about his business. He's a cult figure. He's bigger then Formula 1 in many respects.

"Every year he has moved the bar up. He makes it more difficult for anyone to come close to him. I think he has that little extra. Lewis has the potential to equal Michael Schumacher's record of seven championships and surpass it.

"At this stage, Lewis has every driver in his hand. And that's the sign of real greatness. You can see the swagger in him. This is someone comfortable in their own skin, their own ability and brilliance."

What you say

Dave Davis: "Triple world champion and a huge worldwide fan base."

Liam Catterson: "If Lewis Hamilton wins #SPOTY again this year, I wouldn't be shocked. The guy has had a dominating season, so why not?"

Lo: "Hamilton wins it for me, three-time world champion. Two years running - first ever Brit to do it in my lifetime."

Lewis Hamilton

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