Updated: Jun 22, 2021
Sporting legend Lewis Hamilton is set to receive a knighthood in New Years honours after winning his seventh Formula 1 championship
Hamilton, aged 35, will be honoured for his contribution to sport after matching fellow racing star Michael Schumacher's record after winning his seventh world title in the Turkish grand prix earlier this month.
Hamilton had previously questioned whether he was even worthy of receiving a knighthood, saying "I’ve not saved any lives, I’m not an unsung hero like NHS staff or Captain Sir Tom Moore." Although, he did mention that "if one day I am honoured to be up in front of the queen again, it would be the happiest day ever to see her again."
It's safe to say Hamilton is one of the UK's greatest living sportsmen and if his sporting achievements alone wasn't enough he has also been very vocal about the lack of diversity within motorsports and has set up numerous initiatives to help solve the issue. In addition to the news of his knighthood it has also been announced that he will top the Powerlist for 2021 as the UK's most influential Black person.
Lewis Hamilton will join the likes of Mo Farrah, Andy Murray and Alastair Cook as one of the most recent Sportsmen to receive the honour, officially making him Sir Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton MBE.
Huge congratulations to Lewis for all his hard work leading up to this! Check out the moment he won his seventh world title and the celebrations that followed by clicking here