F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton Will Be Awarded a Knighthood by the Queen

Tanya Simon
November 24, 2020

Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton will be awarded a Knighthood in the New Year's honours list after winning his seventh world championship this year.

Calls for him to be knighted have only intensified recently, with Hamilton claiming six of the last seven championships.

He's the latest sportsman to be knighted recently, joining the likes of Olympic legend Mo Farah, two-time Wimbledon victor Andy Murray and ex-England cricket captain Alastair Cook. Is there one title that stands out to you and do you think Hamilton will surpass the great Schumacher to make it an unprecedented eight world titles in 2021?

According to David Coulthard, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton - in their primes - would be pretty equal in terms of skills and podium finishes.

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It is now understood Hamilton will be recognised, notably following an investigation behind the scenes of his tax status. Lewis had taken advantage of rules -legally - to save £3.3million tax by registering a £16.5 million private jet on the Isle of Man. Motorsport UK chairman David Richards sent a letter to No.10 explaining that the driver's tax status "has been misunderstood".

'It is for the Government to decide but it is clear that it is not only his considerable record as a sportsman that is outstanding. "It is then also a recognition of his stance on equality, anti-racism and environmental issues".

'If it is correct, I will be thrilled to see Lewis joining the pantheon of sporting knights because he is right up there with Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sir Mo Farah, Sir Andy Murray, Sir Alastair Cook and the others, ' the former Labour cabinet minister said.

Hamilton will hence become the fourth F1 driver to be knighted after Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart, all awarded post-retirement. And Captain Tom, who waited 100 years. I don't look at myself as an unsung hero. I've not saved any lives.

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