Ex-F1 Champion Lauds Lewis Hamilton’s Knighthood after Taking a ‘Huge Gamble’

Published 01/01/2021, 6:17 AM EST
FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo


Lewis Hamilton has finally been awarded the honor of knighthood, and it certainly has been very well deserved. The Mercedes superstar has been impeccable on the track this past decade, with the latest feather in his cap being his record-equaling seventh world title.

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Understandably, after being knighted, millions of people took to social media to congratulate Hamilton. Among the many stars who wished him former F1 world champion Damon Hill was one of them.
Hill lauded the seven-time world champion not only for his incredible success on the track but also for the causes he supports off-track.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Hill said that the honor of knighthood was, “Terrific and well earned.
Hill added, “He is standing up for issues that are close to his heart and affect everyone, and in our sport it’s very rare for a driver to get involved in anything that’s outside of Formula 1.
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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. United Arab Emirates – Third placed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium. Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon
He also believes that it was a bold move on Hamilton’s part to support the causes he did. Particularly because he started the year with numerous records in his sights; a shift of focus could have seen Hamilton underperform in 2020.
The 1996 world champion said, “He’s stood up at a time when it could have destabilized his career, could have destabilized his concentration on the championship. So he took a huge gamble to do that, and that’s courage and that’s standing up for what you believe is right.

Martin Brundle too joins in to praise Lewis Hamilton

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FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park. Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race and the world championship. Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason/Pool/File Photo
Another F1 driver who was quick to shower praises on Hamilton was Martin Brundle. The F1 driver turned commentator said, “Congratulations to him, and very well deserved.

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“Seven world titles he has in his pocket now equaling the great Michael Schumacher. He tops the tables in Formula 1 for most victories at 95, most pole positions at 98, most podiums at 165.
“If anybody in sporting terms deserves this recognition then surely it’s Sir Lewis Hamilton.”

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The honor of knighthood was certainly the best way to cap off a scintillating year for Sir Lewis Hamilton. How on Earth will he be able to top this in the 2021 season? Perhaps winning a record-breaking eighth world title may be the answer.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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