Lewis Hamilton was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2020 and the Formula 1 star could make a late charge for the accolade once again if he can seal a record eighth Drivers’ Championship crown in Abu Dhabi next weekend.

The Mercedes star is locked together on points with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen heading into the final Grand Prix of the season after he claimed a dramatic victory in the Saudi Arabian GP on Sunday – his third race victory in a row.

That has set up a winner takes all showdown between the pair at this week’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the momentum appears to be with Hamilton, who is looking to win an eighth world title this year, which would take him one ahead of Michael Schumacher on the all-time list.

Another world title would also increase Hamilton’s chances of being named Sports Personality of the Year for a third time, with the 36-year-old having had his odds cut to 8/1 following his victory in Saudi Arabia.

Tennis star Emma Raducanu remains the overwhelming 1/10 favourite to win SPOTY after she claimed US Open glory in September, becoming the first British female to win a Grand Slam singles event since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.

Raducanu was also the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era and the first to do so in just her second major tournament appearance – she also reached the fourth round on her Wimbledon debut in July.

Hamilton appears to be the only realistic challenger to Raducanu, with the likes of Tom Daley (14/1) and Adam Peaty (33/1) expected to fight it out for a place on the podium after their gold medal heroics at this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo.

Tyson Fury may also stake a claim for a top-three finish after he defended his world heavyweight titles with a sensational knockout victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas back in October, but he is an outside 40/1 shot to become the first boxer to win SPOTY since Joe Calzaghe in 2007.

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