RUMOUR: Lewis Hamilton to be knighted in New Year’s Honours

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After Lewis Hamilton won his seventh Formula 1 title, motorsport fans and personalities again started clamouring for Lewis to finally be awarded knighthood.

More notably, former F1 driver David Coulthard recently asked why Hamilton hasn’t been knighted yet, while three-time F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart also said the Briton “certainly deserves it”.

Well, now the Sun newspaper reports that the Briton will be awarded a knighthood by the Queen in the New Year’s Honours list. According to the Sun, this was decided after his “tax affairs” were deemed “all in order” by the Government’s Honours Committee.

The “tax affairs” they are referring to are due to Hamilton moving to Switzerland in 2007 and then to Monaco in 2012, therefore not paying the full amount of taxes in the UK. Lewis recently addressed the issue.

“I race in 19 countries, so I earn my money in 20 different places and pay tax in several different places, and I pay a lot here as well,” said the seven-time champion.

“I’m contributing to the country. Not only that, I help keep a team of more than 1,000 people employed,” concluded the Briton.

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It’s interesting to note that the Royal Family recently congratulated Lewis on winning his seventh Formula 1 title on their social media channels.

“Congratulations to record-equalling seven-time F1  World Championship title winner Lewis Hamilton,” read the statement.

“Along with a record number of race wins, what an incredible achievement!”

Hamilton was quick to reply: “What an incredible honour. Thank you so much,” wrote the Briton.

While there’s no doubt that, as one of Britain’s greatest athletes, Hamilton deserves the knighthood, at this time we can’t confirm this story to be true, so we’re labeling it as a ‘rumour’. However, even the Sun gets it right sometimes 🙂

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