Hamilton was forced into second place on the podium after losing to Max Verstappen in the controversial final lap of Sunday’s race. The Dutchman took home his first Formula One World Championship trophy. It is also a first for Holland, his home country.
He has taken top position twice in his career – first in 2014 and then again last year.
Earlier this month, Betfair predicted that, if he won his eight Drivers’ Championship, “there is every chance that he will also overtake [diver Tom] Daley in the SPOTY betting”.
Hamilton has now suffered a fresh defeat in the UK – as he has not been included on the shortlist for this year’s BBC Sports Personalty of the Year (SPOTY) award.
On Monday morning, the gambling company placed Hamilton’s odds at 99/1.
Young tennis star Emma Raducanu was odds-on favourite at 1/5. While a big ask, Hamilton appeared to be in the running. But, later in the morning and less than 24 hours after Hamilton experienced a huge racing disappointment, the BBC revealed he hadn’t even made the shortlist.
There are six contenders: Olympic diving champion Tom Daley, US Open champion Emma Raducanu, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, three-time Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty, Premier League winner and Euro 2020 star Raheem Sterling, and 17-time Paralympic gold medallist Sarah Storey.
Social media users have criticised the BBC’s decision to leave Hamilton out of the running order as harsh. Paul Burton branded the awards a “joke”.
Jon Will Chambers wrote: “Lewis was 30 seconds away from an all-time world breaking eighth F1 championship. But sure.”
Hamilton was leading for most of the race, until Verstappen was able to take advantage of an FIA call to close the gap to Hamilton under a safety car.
Mercedes, for whom Hamilton competes, have lodged a notice of an intent to appeal after protests lodged to the FIA were dismissed