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Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton receives a knighthood in the United Kingdom New Year’s Honours List


#Motor racing great #Lewis #Hamilton has won just about every title and record there is in #Formula #One.

#Now he has another, royal-appointed title to go along with his sporting achievements after the seven-times F1 world champion was awarded a knighthood in #Queen #Elizabeth II’s #New #Year’s #Honours #List published on #Wednesday.

The 35-year-old this year became the most successful F1 driver of all time after equalling #Ferrari great #Michael #Schumacher’s record seven titles and breaking the #German’s record of 91 grand prix race wins.

The sport’s only black driver, who grew up in social housing as the grandson of immigrants from the #Caribbean, #Sir #Lewis has also used his profile to campaign for diversity and speak out against racial injustice.

The #Monaco resident’s presence on the overseas and international list, rather than a main one with many rewarded for service to public health in a pandemic, was seen as a reflection of his tax status.

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The #Daily #Mail newspaper said #Prime #Minister #Boris #Johnson had “bent the rules” to get around the tax requirements for domestic awards.

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The citation referred to #Sir #Lewis’s sporting record and his “charitable and philanthropic contributions in the UK and overseas”.

#Cinematographer #Roger #Deakins, famed for his work on movies such as “1917”, “#Shawshank #Redemption” and “#Skyfall”, was also knighted on the same overseas list.

#Hamilton’s supporters have long felt his achievements have not been sufficiently recognised at home and they expressed delight at the #Mercedes driver joining a select group of sporting sirs.

“#Lewis is a true giant of our sport and his influence is huge both in and out of a car,” said newly-appointed #Formula #One chief executive #Stefano #Domenicali, a former #Ferrari team principal.

“#What he has achieved is phenomenal, with still more to come.”

#Mercedes team boss #Toto #Wolff hailed #Hamilton, who won his first title with #McLaren in 2008, as the most successful #British sportsperson of his era.

The knighthood, he added, showed that #Hamilton — often seen as a polarising figure — was “now receiving the recognition he has earned during a career of unparalleled success in motorsport”.

“The UK can be very proud to have a champion and ambassador of the calibre of #Sir #Lewis #Hamilton,” added #Wolff.

#One of the records that #Lewis #Hamilton has broken this year is the mark for career #Formula #One pole positions with 98.(AFP/DPPI: #Florent #Gooden)

#Sir #Lewis is the fourth F1 driver to be knighted after the late #Australian #Jack #Brabham, #Stirling #Moss and triple champion #Jackie #Stewart and the only one to have received the award while still racing.

#Cycling’s #Tour de #France winner #Bradley #Wiggins, #Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 metres gold medallist #Mo #Farah, #England cricketer #Alastair #Cook and twice #Wimbledon tennis champion #Andy #Murray have also been knighted as active sportsmen.

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