Lewis Hamilton takes runner-up spot in BBC's Sports Personality awards

Lewis Hamilton took the runner-up spot in the BBC's annual Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday, missing out to Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas.

The Mercedes driver is Britain's most successful Formula 1 driver and this year he claimed a fifth title to match Juan Manuel Fangio, and is now just two shy of Michael Schumacher's record seven titles.

The award, which is voted for by the British public, saw six candidates make the final cut; Harry Kane (football), Lizzy Yarnold (skeleton), James Anderson (cricket) and Dina Asher-Smith (athletics), alongside Hamilton and eventual winner Thomas.

Hamilton was voted second for the third time following his near misses in 2007 and 2008 – his rookie campaign and his title winning season – but won the award in 2014 when he took his maiden title with the Mercedes team.

Kane, who captained England to their best World Cup result since 1966, came third in the vote.

The ceremony honoured Billy Monger who received the Helen Rollason Award, which honours sporting figures for "outstanding achievement in the face of adversity".

The 19-year-old had both legs amputated following a British Formula 4 crash at Donington Park in 2017, but has since returned to racing and made his British F3 debut with Carlin this year, scoring a podium finish.

"I’ve got to say a massive thank you for this award," said Monger. "I have to say a massive thank you to everyone in the audience. Quite simply, without these guys, I might not be here today. It’s a real honour to be able to share the stage with them. They saved my life, it’s as simple as that.

"I set my targets quite high after my accident to get back racing. Without everyone at Carlin, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve my dream to get back racing."

Monger was handed the award by Hamilton and was joined on stage by his Carlin crew, as well as doctors and marshals who treated him during his accident.