Lewis Hamilton missed out on a second BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award on Sunday night after placing second behind Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas in the 2018 vote.

Hamilton clinched his fifth Formula 1 world championship this year, leading to him being nominated for the prestigious award that honours outstanding British sporting figures through the preceding 12 months.

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Hamilton was one of six nominees for the award, but was left to settle for second place after Thomas won a public vote on Sunday night. It is the third time Hamilton has been the runner-up for SPOTY, following near-misses in 2007 and 2008, with his only victory coming in 2014.

On a night that saw England's football and netball teams receive notable recognition, Hamilton was one of two motorsport figures to take home some silverware as Formula 3 racer Billy Monger received the Helen Rollason Award following his comeback to racing from life-changing injuries.

2017 SPOTY runner-up Jonathan Rea missed out on a nomination despite taking his fourth World Superbike Championship this year, with Harry Kane (football), Lizzy Yarnold (skeleton), James Anderson (cricket) and Dina Asher-Smith (athletics) joining Hamilton and Thomas as nominees.

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