Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Istanbul Park, 2020

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.

Should Hamilton decline his long-awaited knighthood?

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.”

This article will be updated.

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