Lewis Hamilton became a seven-time F1 world champion in 2020 matching the record set by Michael Schumacher. Snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan admits it is an ‘amazing’ achievement but also claims the only man who has any chance of beating the Brit is Valtteri Bottas.
Mercedes have been dominant again in the sport this season with Red Bull only winning one race.
Max Verstappen picked up the win in the last race of 2020 in Abu Dhabi after the Silver Arrows had already wrapped up both titles.
O’Sullivan believes you tune out of Formula One because of the dominance of Mercedes making the race between two people more often than not.
The ‘Rocket’ is on the shortlist for the Sports Personality of the Year award this weekend alongside Hamilton and four others.
Hamilton and Bottas will once again be team-mates at Mercedes as they look to continue their dominance.
O’Sullivan doesn’t think he has much chance of winning the award because of the perception of snooker in 2020.
He said: “Years ago we played in fantastic, iconic venues every tournament and it added a bit of class to the sport.
“Nowadays it’s maybe lost that. We play in leisure centres. I’ve got nothing against Milton Keynes but you are basically on a retail park. Would Wimbledon be as exciting if it was played in Crawley?
“A lot of it is the perception that people have. It’s just not as globally appealing as some sports. I wish I’d been around when it was really popular in the 80s.”
He added: “I’d just accepted that I’d never get nominated. They didn’t have many sporting events this year, so I probably sneaked in the back door.
“This is a great recognition for all sports people, but I always said the most important awards are the ones you win on the table.
“I always looked up to Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry, but it was because of the titles they won, not because of Sports Personality of the Year.”