Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020. One of F1's all-time great drivers, he equalled Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles with his fourth consecutive championship in 2020.

The 35-year-old, from Stevenage, also surpassed Schumacher's total of 91 grand prix wins.

In a public vote, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson finished second while jockey Hollie Doyle was third.

He said: "I'm so proud of what they have achieved and I want to say thank you to everyone that has voted for me. I wasn't expecting this knowing there are so many great contenders.

"I want to say Merry Christmas to everyone - it's been such an unusual year and I want to mention all the front line workers and all the children round the world, I want you to try and stay positive through this difficult time, I'm sending you all positivity. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

It is the second time Hamilton has been crowned Sports Personality of the Year, having first won the award in 2014. He is also a four-time runner-up, most recently in 2018 and 2019.

Hamilton, who says becoming the most decorated driver in Formula One history "doesn't mean anything unless I continue to lead the fight against racism - in the sport - as he holds the record for most pole positions, won 11 of the 17 grand prix during the 2020 season, which started four months late due to the coronavirus pandemic. He achieved three further podium finishes.

The Sports Personality of the Year 2020 was broadcast live from MediaCityUK, in Salford, in front of a 1,000-strong virtual audience with football pundit Alex Scott joining Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan to look back on a truly unusual year of sport.

Other Sports Personality 2020 award winners included:


Helen Rollason Award - Captain Sir Tom Moore

Expert Special Panel Award - Marcus Rashford

Coach of the Year - Jurgen Klopp

Team of the Year - Liverpool FC

Unsung Hero - Sgt Matt Ratana

Captain Tom Young Unsung Hero - Tobias Weller

Young Sports Personality of the Year - Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix