The biggest winner ever in Formula 1 – and now a knight, too. Lewis Hamilton will be honored by the United Kingdom early in the year.
In November, Lewis Hamilton clinched his seventh Formula 1 World Cup title and before Christmas was named Sports Personality of the Year in his native Britain by the BBC.
In the new year, Hamilton will receive the next honorary award for his efforts inside and outside the Formula 1 circuit. He will earn a knight and call himself “Sir” in the future.
According to Reuters, there was a big question mark about Hamilton’s nobility. He wrote in Monaco for tax reasons, but British media reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had personally worked to honor Hamilton for his sporting merits.
Hamilton is statistically the best Formula 1 driver ever with 95 GP wins and 98 pole position. In a number of titles, he equaled Michael Schumacher’s record this season.
Louis is a giant in our sport and has a tremendous influence in and out of the car. Stefano Domenicali, the new head of Formula One, says he has achieved amazing and there is more.
Hamilton is one of the few British athletes to hold a knighthood while his active career continues, according to Reuters. The others are Aleister Cook (cricket), Bradley Wiggins (cycling), Mo Farah (athletics) and Andy Murray (tennis).
Britain can be very proud of having a master and ambassador like Sir Lewis Hamilton, says Toto Wolff, manager of the Mercedes stable.