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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2007, 10:24 GMT
Hamilton shock at BBC nomination
Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton won three trophies at an awards ceremony on Sunday
Lewis Hamilton says he is stunned to be on the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

The McLaren F1 star is the favourite for the award, which will be voted for by the public during Sunday's show.

The 22-year-old told BBC Sport: "If I did win it would mean a huge amount to me. The greatest have won that award.

"I'm completely shocked by all the awards and nominations I have received. Never in a million years would I have thought I would have won so many."

The rookie finished runner-up in the race for the 2007 world title after making the most successful debut in Formula One history.

Hamilton won three trophies at a motorsport awards ceremony on Sunday and he received the Gold Star from the British Racing Drivers' Club on Monday.

Boxers Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe, and athletes Paula Radcliffe and Christine Ohuruogu, are among the contenders for the BBC award.

Golfer Justin Rose, motorcyclist James Toseland, tennis player Andy Murray and England rugby union stars Jonny Wilkinson and Jason Robinson complete the candidates.

Hamilton added: "I'm not going to be fussed if I don't win it. I know I'm up against some amazing talent so fair play to them if they win.

"I'm going there to enjoy the evening and meet people there that you have a lot of respect for in other parts of the business.

"If I had to vote for anyone, it would be Paula Radcliffe. She did fantastically well winning a marathon so soon after giving birth. She's an inspiration."

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