Lewis Hamilton set to snub BBC's revamped Sports Personality of the Year show
- Five-time Formula One world champion is among the favorites for the award
- But Hamilton is likely to skip the winter training base in Colorado
- Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas and Harry Kane also expected to feature
Jonathan McEvoy for the Daily Mail
Lewis Hamilton has delivered to the BBC's revamped Sports Personality of the Year
The five-time Formula One world champion is among the best, but is likely to be his winter training base in Colorado.
Gentle Arena on December 16. His absence follows a succession of figures who have skipped the bloated show.
Lewis Hamilton looks forward to the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos this weekend
Lew Hamilton is among the favorites for the SPOTY award on December 16
Last year, winner Mo Farah was linked to the event from London via satellite, but the live connection was cut off immediately after his step-daughter. Rhianna handed him the trophy.
Hamilton, who will be shown on the six-man shortlist that will be announced on the night.
Geraint Thomas and England skipper Harry Kane. He is third favorite for the prize after Tour de France.
Hamilton is likely to miss the ceremony in Colorado
The Brit will be hoping to land the Mercedes Constructors' Championship this weekend
Speaking ahead of Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, Hamilton said: 'It is most unlikely I will go this year. I do not really think about it. I remembered standing up there before and I was blown away.
I really like it.
'I often avoid it if I can. If I go to a gala, I like to get people and I do not like to get up myself. I feel awkward. '
Hamilton was second quickest in practice in Sao Paulo on Friday behind his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Ferrari have to score 13 points more than Mercedes to the Northamptonshire-based team the constructors' title this weekend.