Hamilton is to become the third F1 world champion to receive a knighthood, following Jack Brabham in 1978 and Jackie Stewart in 2001. A long-awaited announcement finally came and Lewis Hamilton will be driving next year’s Mercedes as Sir Lewis Hamilton.
In the record-breaking year, Hamilton surpassed Michael Schumacher, reaching 95 career wins and equaling 7 World Championship and that has been enough to set himself as one of the all-time greats of the sport, earning the title on the way.
His activity beyond the grid was also noted as he set up the Hamilton Commission to improve diversity in motorsport, and was also named Laureus World Sportsman Of The Year, BBC sports personality of the year, GQ’s Game Changer Of The Year and was named in Time Magazine 100 most influential people.
Stefano Domenicali, Formula 1’s incoming CEO, following the announcement said: “Lewis is a true giant of our sport and his influence is huge both in and out of a car. What he has achieved is phenomenal with still more to come. All of us at Formula 1 congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition of his achievements and look forward to seeing more of his brilliance in 2021.”