Lewis Hamilton to be knighted in New Year's Honours list

 

Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton will be awarded a knighthood in the New Year's Honors list.

One of the greatest sports personalities, Hamilton, will be honored for his massive contribution to Formula One.

The 35-year-old will be given his gong on the New Year after his finances received a green signal from the Government's Honors Committee.

Recently, Hamilton claimed his seventh world title after winning the Turkish Grand Prix. Having recorded his 94th victory, he emulated the great Michael Schumacher's record of seven titles. He won his fourth straight race and tenth of this season.

Former world champion Damon Hill said Hamilton deserved this honor.

"The knighthood will be seen as recognition of not just his driving, but also as a black driver that has bust another door open for anyone who is not white. He has destroyed the preconception that there is an area where you cannot achieve something because of the color of your skin," he said.

Reportedly, Hamilton's honor of knighthood is yet to be stamped officially.

Nevertheless, he will join tennis veteran Andy Murray, long-distance runner Mo Farah, and former captain of England cricket team Alastair Cook on the list of sports personalities, who have received the gong.

Notably, only three other F1 drivers have been knighted before- Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham and Jackie Stewart.

 

 

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