F1 Dominates Sports Headlines for Final Grand Prix of the Season

F1 dominated the sporting headlines over the weekend with the last race of the season taking place in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. The sport often fails to grab the limelight on action packed sporting weekends such as this, but thanks to Lewis Hamilton, the race succeeded in recapturing media attention.

Hamilton defied team orders to “speed up” by doing precisely the opposite in a bid to allow rivals to pass teammate Nico Rosberg and deny him a first world title. He ultimately failed, but his actions have sparked debate worldwide; should Lewis have played ball and listened to his team radio or, was he right to employ delaying tactics and race to win? Whatever you think, the move has sold newspapers and got people talking, which, undeniably benefits the sport. In his own words, Lewis asked his team to “let us race” and to the delight of sporting fans around the world, race is certainly what they did.


Whether he was right or wrong, Hamilton has not been included in the Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) nominations announced this week. Surely there has never been such an impressive list of sportsmen and women vying for the SPOTY crown. Contenders include five times gold medal winning cyclist Laura Kenny, world number one tennis player Andy Murray and Mo Farah, the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history…a simple choice for the public then….


As well as news that he is to be a contender for the SPOTY grand title, Mo Farah has been hitting headlines for slightly less conventional reasons. The star is set to feature in a documentary film about his life, Mo Farah: No Easy Mile. The film will show the story of Mo and his personal journey from Somalia to four-time Olympic champion, revealing a personal look at his life off the track. We will get an insight into his life behind closed doors, joining his family and team in the build up to, and throughout the Rio Olympic Games. From track to trailer, No Easy Mile will be released on the 5th December.


Tessa Sheppard