Hamilton, 23, also took the runner-up spot in 2007, after finishing second in the championship as a rookie to Kimi Raikkonen.

Because the Wembley tarmac was too slippery on Sunday, a 'car versus bike' head-to-head between British sportsmen Lewis Hamilton and Chris Hoy was called off.

The pair settled instead for some laps of the Race of Champions layout in a Mercedes road car, before jetting from London to Liverpool for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony.

The pair finished first and second for that award, with Olympic cyclist Hoy beating F1's youngest ever world champion Hamilton at the line as the result of a public vote.

Hoy captured 283,630 votes, compared with Hamilton's 163,864.

"I really wasn't expecting this, it's such a shock," Hoy said.

"I was looking at the odds over the last few weeks and I was lagging in third behind (swimmer) Rebecca (Adlington) and Lewis."

Hamilton, 23, also took the runner-up spot in 2007, after finishing second in the championship as a rookie to Kimi Raikkonen.

 

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