Gary Lineker, Damon Hill, David Coulthard, and Rio Ferdinand had previously defended the Lewis Hamilton Knight Scholarships. Now it’s finally time: the seven-time Formula One champion can finally call himself Sir after a party with Queen Elizabeth.
Hamilton (35) became the most successful Formula One driver ever this year, surpassing Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher.
As the only black driver, who grew up in public housing as the grandson of Caribbean immigrants, Hamilton also used his background to campaign for diversity and speak out against racism.
According to Mercedes Team Manager Toto Wolf, Hamilton has finally received the recognition he garnered during a career of unparalleled success in motorsport. “The UK can be very proud of a Sir Lewis Hamilton caliber hero and ambassador.”
Hamilton is the fourth Formula One driver to win a knighthood after the late Australian Jack Brabham and Stirling Moss, three-time champion Jackie Stewart and the only one to receive the award while still racing.
Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, athlete Mo Farah, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and English cricketer Alistair Cook were also honored as active athletes.
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