“MY husband loved the Olympics and the athletics, but Formula 1 is his big favourite,” said Kate Rotondetto, who lives in Nether Wallop.

She said that usually she is not a big sport fan, but his love of F1 had rubbed off on her a little and she said Lewis Hamilton was her favourite for the top sportsman award.

She added: “The only problem is he’s Italian and he was really hoping Ferrari and Massa would win, but I’m a Lewis fan.”