Call him “Sir”. Briton Lewis Hamilton was knighted in the UK, promoted to the rank of knight on the New Year’s honors list, after racking up triumphs on the Formula 1 circuits and equaling Michael Schumacher’s record, with seven world titles.
British driver Lewis Hamilton was knighted in the UK, promoted to the rank of knight on the New Year’s Honors list, after recently equaling Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Formula 1 world titles.
The 35-year-old first and only black driver in the premier class of motorsport went into legend by equaling Germany’s Michael Schumacher in an exceptional 2020 season, shortened due to the pandemic. He is also the record holder for the number of wins, podiums and pole positions.
Last month, a group of British parliamentarians called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to elevate the pilot to the rank of knight.
Coming from a humble background, Lewis Hamilton dedicated his victory on November 15, in Turkey, “to children and to all those for whom it is important to see this”, telling them: “dream the impossible, pursue this dream , never doubt yourself ”.
“Pop star” of the paddocks and devout Catholic, he was titled for the first time in 2008, during his second season only in F1, with McLaren, who supported his progression in the lower categories and with whom he raced until in 2012.
Hamilton, a resident of the Principality of Monaco, has been in the hot seat in the past for his tax situation, but has argued that he pays a significant amount of tax in Britain.
The Mercedes driver has become a strong advocate for equality, diversity, animal welfare and the environment, and has made several strong statements this year on human rights, democracy and the fight against racism.
The UK New Year’s Honors list, which was released on Wednesday, recognizes outstanding achievement in various fields including sport, entertainment and politics, as well as contributions from a large number of ordinary citizens . This year, many prizes were awarded to those seeking solutions to the problems posed by the coronavirus pandemic.