It is now official, Lewis Hamilton has received a knighthood in the UK Queen’s New Year Honours list. From now on he will be known as Sir Lewis Hamilton!
After months of speculation Lewis has finally received knighthood at the end of the year in which he equalled Michael Schumacher’s seven Formula 1 world titles record.
His new title has been awarded for his services to motorsport. In 2008, after winning his first world title, Hamilton received the Order of the British Empire for services to motor racing.
Although three other Formula 1 drivers received this highest of honours (Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart and Stirling Moss), he is the first one to receive it while still active.
Two other Formula 1 legends have also received knighthood, Williams founders Frank Williams and Patrick Head.
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Mercedes F1 team boss, and Hamilton’s good friend, Toto Wolff gave his first comments on this amazing honour.
“Lewis is one of the very greatest racing drivers of all time and the most successful British sportsperson of his era,” said the Austrian.
“Around the world, he has long been recognised for his sporting achievement; this year, he combined his excellence on the track with a powerful voice to fight discrimination. In every sense, he led the way in 2020.
“The news that he is to receive a knighthood shows that he is now receiving the recognition he has earned during a career of unparalleled success in motorsport.
“The UK can be very proud to have a champion and ambassador of the calibre of Sir Lewis Hamilton,” concluded Wolff.
New Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali also gave his comments on this amazing honour.
“Lewis is a true giant of our sport and his influence is huge both in and out of a car,” said the Italian.
“What he has achieved is phenomenal with still more to come. All of us at F1 congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition of his achievements and look forward to seeing more of his brilliance in 2021.”
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