There’s a big chance that seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton could start the 2022 racing season with a new surname.
The 37-year-old announced on Monday that he will add his mother’s surname, Larbalestier, to his in honour of her role in her life.
During an on-stage interview at the Expo world fair in Dubai, Hamilton explained his reason for adding his mother’s surname to his.
“My mum’s name is Larbalestier and I’m just about to put that in my name. Because I don’t really fully understand the whole idea when people get married then the woman loses her name. And my mum, I really want her name to continue on with the Hamilton name.”
The Mercedes Benz driver is unsure whether the name change will take place before the start of the season, but it’s something that he’s “working on”.
News24 reports that Larbalestier divorced Lewis’ father, Anthony Hamilton when their son was young but he lived with his mother until the age of 12.
The start of the 2022 season marks Hamilton’s 16th F1 season. Last year Hamilton narrowly missed out on the title after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took the championship title.
The race to win the championship was a battle that saw the two drivers go head-to-head right up until the final moments of the very last race.
Pre-season testing was already held in Spain during February and in Bahrain earlier this month. The season opener is set to take place this weekend in Bahrain.
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