By Carol M. Creasey
Sir Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to the British Royal Family. Back in 2008 when he was awarded his MBE, after claiming his first world championship, he had the pleasure of dining with Her Majesty, and actually being seated next to her at the table. He has many times since referred to her as an icon.
When he claimed his second world championship in 2014, Prince Harry was on hand to thank him for not keeping the British people in suspense. It is also known that Harry and his wife Meghan bought a limited edition artwork of Sir Lewis to grace their home, just as other fans might do.
When Lewis claimed his seventh championship in 2020, he was awarded the title of Sir, knight of the realm, and was officially knighted by Prince Charles at a ceremony held right after he was unjustly deprived of his rightful eighth championship win at the controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. I am sure after being plunged into the depths of despair by losing in this manner, being recognised and knighted must have been an uplifting experience.
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For the last four days, Great Britain has been celebrating the 70 year reign of the remarkable Queen Elizabeth 2nd, and last weekend at the Jubilee concert, Sir Lewis was not forgotten. His image appeared on the video screen, and the rapper Doc Brown referred to him as “Lewis, the truest, the best”. This is so spot on as he is such a fair racing driver, and only ever wants to win in the right way.
This recognition comes at a poignant moment in his career, as after having his eighth championship snatched from his grasp on the last lap of the aforementioned Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the media and pundits have really gone into overdrive. First of all they speculated that he would not return to racing, and since he has, they have been rejoicing in the fact that Mercedes are having problems with their latest car. As if that wasn’t enough, his season so far has been plagued with bad luck, being hit by Fernando Alonso, then Esteban Ocon, in two separate races, and also being compromised by safety cars.
So now he has been reported as being outdone by his team-mate George Russell, and Eddie Jordan, who tends to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds has said he has been ‘knocked off his perch’ by Russell. I suggest that Eddie listens to what George himself has been saying, before speaking this nonsense. When George has won his eighth championship, one might speak those words, but before then it is a ludicrous statement. It is amazing how cruel people can be when someone is down, but Sir Lewis has endured this sort of vitriol all his life, which explains why he has a voice for those he feels are less fortunate than himself.
Sir Lewis is not just a British icon, he is a global phenomenon, loved the world over. My message to the few who spew out hatred because they are so incredibly jealous is – keep at it. You will fuel him to greater heights, he will rise far above those who resent him. In fact, he is so decent he would probably forgive them.
In conclusion, as a Briton, I am so incredibly proud to see Lewis’ name mentioned in the Jubilee celebrations. Still you rise Sir Lewis!
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