Lewis Hamilton is in line to become the first person to win two consecutive BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards after being shortlisted for the prestigious accolade once again.

The three-time F1 world champion, who defeated golfer Rory McIlroy to win last year's SPOTY Award for the first time, is one of 12 sporting stars being recognised by the BBC this year for achievements over the course of the year.

After a dominant win in last year's ceremony, a second win for the Englishman would make him the first sportsperson to win two years in a row since the competition began in 1954.

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However, he faces stiff opposition from a number of British sport stars that have tasted success in 2015, including athletics world champions Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford, footballer Lucy Bronze and tennis' Andy Murray, fresh from anchoring Great Britain to its first Davis Cup success since 1936.

Also up for the award is Tour de France winner Chris Froome, world swimming champion Adam Peaty, multiple cycling champion Lizzie Armistead, Max Whitlock, who won Great Britainn's first ever gymnastics gold this year, rugby's Kevin Sinfield and boxer Tyson Fury.

The Sports Personality of the Year award is determined by online and phone votes, which will take place on the night of the ceremony on 20th December.