The 35-year-old Mercedes driver, who on Tuesday tested positive for coronavirus and will miss this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain, claimed a record-equalling seventh world drivers' title in Turkey last month.
Hamilton won the award back in 2014 and is a four-time runner-up, including the last two years.
It was widely anticipated he would be among the six contenders for the main award and that was confirmed by 'The Body Coach' Joe Wicks on BBC Breakfast.
England cricketer Stuart Broad was the second name revealed after starring in Test series’ victories over West Indies and Pakistan this summer taking a 500th Test wicket in the process, becoming only the second Englishman in history to do so alongside long time teammate James Anderson.
Liverpool’s Premier League-winning captain Jordan Henderson was the third nominee confirmed after helping guide the Reds to a first league title for 30 years last season with Hollie Doyle joining him after a stellar year where she became the first female jockey to win a ‘Champions Day’ race at Royal Ascot.
Snooker’s Ronnie O’Sullivan also makes the shortlist for the very first time having become a six-time world champion at the Crucible back in August.
The final candidate was revealed on the BBC’s The One Show as heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury, who beat Deontay Wilder in their rematch last February to become a two-time champion following his initial spell on top of the world in 2015.
The winner will be announced at the Sports Personality of the Year ceremony which will take place at Media City in Salford on 20 December.