Third favorite Lewis Hamilton put the BBC-renewed sports personality of the year on the heel
- Five-time world champion Formula 1 is one of the favorites for the prize
- But Hamilton will probably skip an event and be on his winter training ground in Colorado
- The winner of the Tour de France, Geraint Thomas and Harry Kane, also expected to appear
Jonathan McEvoy for the Daily Mail
Lewis Hamilton has shown the new sports personality of the year by revealing that he is unlikely to attend the ceremony.
The five-time Formula 1 world champion is one of the favorites for the prize, but is likely to be at his winter training ground in Colorado instead.
His absence follows a succession of leading figures who skipped the bloated show that will be held this year on December 16 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham.
Lewis Hamilton looks ahead this weekend at the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos
Lew Hamilton is one of the favorites for the SPOTY award on December 16th
Last year, winner Mo Farah was connected via satellite to the Liverpool event from London, but the live connection ended immediately after his stepdaughter Rhianna handed him the trophy.
Hamilton, who emerged in 2014 to win the prize, is expected to be on the six-man shortlist that will be announced only at night, to counter interest groups that pick up support and distort the natural national mood.
He is the third favorite for the prize after the winner of the Tour de France, Geraint Thomas and the English skipper Harry Kane.
Hamilton will probably miss the ceremony because he will be at his winter training ground in Colorado
The Brit is hoping to land the Constructors' Championship this weekend
Speaking before the Sunday Brazilian Grand Prix, Hamilton said: & # 39; It is very unlikely that I will leave this year. I do not really think about it. I remember standing there before and I was blown away because the public called me and supported me.
& # 39; But standing upright in front of all those people and receiving a prize, I do not really like it.
& # 39; I often avoid it when I can. When I go to a gala, I like to see people standing up and speaking after doing great things, but I do not like to get up myself. I feel uncomfortable. & # 39;
On Friday, Hamilton was the second fastest in the training in Sao Paulo behind his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Ferrari has to score 13 points more than Mercedes to deny the Northamptonshire team the constructors' title this weekend.