He may have missed out on both the Formula 1 Drivers' laurels and BBC Sports Personality of the Year accolade in recent weeks, but Lewis Hamilton still has considerable reason to smile after picking up another major award.

The McLaren-Mercedes ace was forced to agonisingly concede the 2007 World Drivers' Championship to Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen by a single point in the season finale in Brazil back in October, but the achievements of his record-breaking maiden campaign in the top flight - including four victories, twelve podium finishes and six pole positions - have nevertheless earned him the coveted 59th Sportsman of the Year trophy.

The awards were the result of a poll of the members of the Sports Journalists Association - writers, photographers and broadcasters - and were presented at a gala lunch in the City of London, attended by nearly 300 personalities from the worlds of sport, celebrity, politics and the media

Hamilton was also presented with the Best International Newcomer award.

 

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