All was not lost for Lewis Hamilton last month in Abu Dhabi, with the Briton picking up his 11th Hawthorn Memorial Trophy in fifteen years thanks to his runner up spot in the 2021 F1 World Championship.
It's but a meagre consolation for Hamilton who was beaten to the 2021 title by Max Verstappen at the controversial race at Yas Marina, but the award, named after Britain's first world champion Mike Hawthrorn and which honours the best-placed British or Commonwealth driver in F1's championship, remains a prestigious accolade.
While Hamilton has now collected the trophy fifteen times since 2007, it is the Mercedes driver's eighth consecutive trophy.
Hamilton was not present to receive the award during Motorsport UK’s ‘Night of Champions’ at the Royal Automobile Club in London as the seven-time world champion remains locked in silence since his defeat last month in Abu Dhabi.
Last year's group of Commonwealth F1 drivers included, in addition to Hamilton, his fellow Brits Lando Norris and George Russell, Australia's Daniel Ricciardo and Canada's Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi.
And finally, to @LewisHamilton, the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy as the highest-placed Commonwealth driver in last season's @F1 World Championship 👏#OurMotorsportUK #NightofChampions pic.twitter.com/NtXXmZYJvb
— Motorsport UK (@ourmotorsportuk) January 22, 2022