It is often said that online gambling has created situation where sports gambling no longer has a seasonal element to it and most sports gambling fans can follow their favourite sports all year round. That is of course true and here at gambling.ie we have often commented on that effect of online gambling, but we would also say that sports gambling fans need very little encouragement to take every opportunity to bet on their favourite sporting stars. Last weekend we witnessed the final race in the F1 motor racing season, which finally crowned Lewis Hamilton as world champion for the second time. Many British motor race gambling fans were worried that the new double points system for the final race of the season might rob Hamilton of the title they thought he had deserved over the course of a season, with twice as many wins as his closest rival Nico Rosburg, but in the event the victory was secured relatively comfortably. If our readers are wondering why we have suddenly turned our attention to the crowning of a new F1 motor racing champion, it is because that is not the end of the story. As we have already said sports gambling fans, and in this case F1 motor racing gambling enthusiasts have responded to Lewis Hamilton’s success with a surge in gambling on him now winning the BBC sports personality of the year award for 2014. It is a perfect example of sports gambling fans taking every opportunity to gamble on their favourite sporting stars and has propelled Hamilton to second favourite for the award behind Rory McIlroy. Although McIlroy is still odds on favourite with most bookmakers, Lewis Hamilton is now just 9/4 with Paddy Power way ahead of the next contender Gareth Bale. It will be a close run thing when the award is announced on Sunday 14th December and both of them have had a great season in the respective sports.