According to Daily Mail, the only obstacle that stood in the way of Hamilton being knighted was his tax status. More precisely, the Briton has had a permanent residence outside of the UK since 2007, which means HM Revenue and Customs weren’t able to “adequately vet his tax affairs”.
According to the report, this was bypassed by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson by placing Hamilton on the ‘Diplomatic and Overseas List’. Lord Peter Hain has previously written to Downing Street with evidence that Hamilton is among the top 5,000 UK taxpayers.
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There is no doubt that as the most successful driver in the history of Formula 1 and arguably the most successful UK sports person in history, Lewis Hamilton is deserving of a knighthood. Back in 2008, after his first world title, Lewis has been awarded the MBE.
If the report by the Daily Mail is correct, and it appears to be, Lewis will become the fourth Formula 1 driver to be knighted, alongside Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart.