This year's sports personality of the year contest is going to be very hard fought. The David Beckhams and Kevin Pietersons are not going to feature - but the last gasp drama which has made Lewis Hamilton the youngest ever Formula One world champion will provide strong competition for Olympic champions like Craig Hoy and Becky Adlington.
Hamilton has the potential to become one of Britain's greatest sporting superstars.
What a shame that he decided to go into tax exile which Kevin Maguire suggests today means he merits two cheers, rather than three.
In my view, his tax status should rule him out of the sporting section of Her Majesty's Honours list.
It probably won't. Hamilton certainly deserves many congratulations for his historic sporting achievement.
But I would like to see the government adopt the policy honours should be confined that citizens who pay taxes here.