He may have lost out on the world champion title on Sunday, but Lewis Hamilton was knighted and is now known as Sir Lewis Hamilton.
The F1 driver and seven-time world champion received his knighthood at Windsor Castle on Wednesday. He has become the fourth F1 driver to be knighted after he was overlooked for several years even though he matched Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles back in 2020.
Controversially, Hamilton was omitted from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist this year.
Wheels24 reports that because the 36-year-old relocated to Monaco in 2010, his knighthood was awarded in the overseas list.
The Mercedes driver missed out on an eighth world title when Red Bull’s Max Verstappen overtook him during the final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. Verstappen and Hamilton’s rivalry caused great excitement among F1 fans as they went head-to-head for the world title.
Mercedes submitted two queries against Verstappen’s victory but both have been rejected. They’re expected to appeal.
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