Arise Sir Lewis Hamilton! Mercedes F1 Driver to Be Knighted at Windsor Castle 3 Days After Losing the Title

Published 12/13/2021, 7:46 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 21, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


After a controversial loss on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton is set to be knighted on Wednesday. After having missed out on the most prestigious award of his sport, Hamilton will be graced with one of the highest honors in his country.

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The Brit missed out on a historic World Championship trophy in the final laps of the race at Abu Dhabi. Further, BBC sports failed to include the legend in their nominees for the Sports Personality of the Year Award. Amid these losses, his country will honor their racer.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Three days after the race, Lewis Hamilton will receive his knighthood for his contribution to motorsports. The investiture event will take place at Windsor Castle.

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This adds the driver to yet another honorary list. He is now the fourth F1 driver to be given this title; the list includes Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, and Sir Jack Brabham. Lewis Hamilton will receive this honors with actor David Suchet, and music director Donald Runnicles.

Lewis Hamilton receives the title for contribution to motorsports

It goes without saying that Lewis Hamilton has been an absolute titan in Formula 1. For years, the man has ruled the sport, with his skillful attack and unbreakable defense. Yet, in the face of glory, Hamilton has been a man of humility.

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From fighting for the causes he cares about to always thanking his team for his successes, Hamilton has remained an example of true sportsmanship. The 2021 season has stood testament to this.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Despite the ebb and flow of the season, Hamilton remained constant- even at the end. His rival, Max Verstappen, had set up a monumental challenge for the veteran; with every challenge he faced, Hamilton took it on with grace.

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After losing what could have been a historic eighth title in the last lap of the race, and under circumstances that were not of his doing, Hamilton’s character remained unbreakable. Thus, his contributions to the sport have remained immense. Fourteen years of racing, with seven titles and many more records set, Hamilton deserves this moment in patriotic glory.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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