Lewis Hamilton is to be given a knighthood in recognition of his achievements after winning his seventh Formula 1 world championship this year.
The 35-year-old from Stevenage will become “Sir Lewis Hamilton” following following his inclusion in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List.
He equalled the record for most championships won by a Formula 1 driver this year and set a new record for most race victories, scoring his 95th career win in the Bahrain Grand Prix. Both records were previously held by Michael Schumacher.
Hamilton is the fourth Formula 1 driver to receive a knighthood. He joins Sir Jackie Stewart, 81, Sir Jack Brabham, who died in 2014, and Sir Stirling Moss, who passed away in April.
Hamilton was made a Member of the British Empire in 2008 for services to motor racing following his first world championship success.
Stefano Domenicali, who has taken over from Chase Carey as CEO of Formula 1, congratulated Hamilton on his achievement.
“Lewis is a true giant of our sport and his influence is huge both in and out of a car,” said Domenicali. “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.”
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