"Since I was a little boy, I have wanted to win three Formula 1 world titles - because that's the number that Ayrton Senna won."
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Hamilton won a third Formula 1 title to become only the second British man after Sir Jackie Stewart to achieve the feat.
The driver, from Hertfordshire, edged out team-mate Nico Rosberg with a thrilling United States Grand Prix victory, his 10th of the campaign.
Hamilton passed Ayrton Senna's mark of 41 career race wins, and joined his childhood hero by winning three championships.
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Hamilton first appeared on the BBC's Blue Peter programme aged seven, and won three Blue Peter badges before being honoured with a gold one.
Sports Personality record
1st, 2014; 2nd, 2008; 2nd, 2007