Bernie Ecclestone Explains His Issue With UK’s Knighthood Criteria With Lewis Hamilton Example

Published 12/16/2021, 4:27 AM EST


Lewis Hamilton received his knighthood at Windsor Castle on Wednesday for his dedication to motorsports. However, not everyone is happy with the decision to knight the 7-time world champion, one such person is former F1 boss, Bernie Ecclestone.

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The British mogul stated individuals who have contributed to the country should be knighted, and additionally feels those who have been given the honor don’t really deserve it.

Ecclestone isn’t a fan of Lewis Hamilton being knighted

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The Formula One community is overjoyed that Hamilton received his knighthood on Wednesday. However, ex F1 boss, Ecclestone wasn’t a fan of the Mercedes receiving the honor.

Speaking to German broadcaster n-tv as quoted by GrandPx.news, “Only people who have really done something for the country should be knighted. I don’t think many people who are knighted now really deserve it. They all make a lot of money and donate some to charity but they haven’t done anything specific for the country.”

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Ecclestone is glad Hamilton didn’t win his eighth title?

At the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Hamilton lost the title duel to Max Verstappen in a spectacular way. However, some, including Ecclestone, are relieved that the Knight lost his eighth title.

One of the reasons Ecclestone is relieved that the Mercedes driver did not win another title this season is that Michael Schumacher’s record remains intact.

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Seeing that Lewis lost out on an eight title, Ecclestone is glad Michael’s record is not yet broken. As quoted by FormulaPassion.it, “Max honestly won, which is good. People are probably happy now to see a new face at the top of Formula 1. Personally, I’m happy that Lewis didn’t win the eighth World Championship because he holds this record with Michael Schumacher.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race and the world championship with the Netherlands flag on the podium as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton looks on after finishing second REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“I wouldn’t like to see that record broken. it is absurd to think that Hamilton has been robbed, as I read around. On the first lap he went off the track, crossed the chicane and came back in front of Verstappen without being punished, so he shouldn’t complain too much. These things always happen in sports. We shouldn’t blame the referee, he did exactly what was right.”

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Seeing the 2021 title go to Verstappen, Lewis is hoping to prepare himself in the off-season, bounce back for next year. Do you see another title fight between the two world champions in 2022? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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