Lewis Hamilton is having the time of his life in 2020, accepting the never-ending gifts and honors that keep pouring in. The Briton had not yet recovered from the honor of BBC Best Sportsperson of the Year. To add on to his joy, the Queen graced him with the highest civilian honor there is in the UK, Knighthood.
From now on, we formally know the mere nobody from Stevenage as Sir Lewis Hamilton. This would surely overwhelm Lewis, as he had no expectation of it.
The rumors on his knighthood had been going around the paddock for quite a while now, and they were quite polarizing. While many said that his achievements made him more than qualified for the honor, others disagreed and denied the possibility of it ever happening.
However, eventually, the Queen declared his knighthood in her New Year’s Honors list.
Sir Lewis Hamilton equaled great Schumacher’s title win record this season and toppled the German’s record of most Grand Prix wins. Following that, he helped his team win their seventh championship in a row. Well, that deserves praise, and Toto Wolff had no shortage of it.
“Lewis is one of the very greatest racing drivers of all time and the most successful British sportsperson of his era. Around the world, he has long been recognized for his sporting achievement. In every sense, he led the way in 2020,” remarked Lewis’ Boss.
Hamilton got emotional when he finally won the championship in Turkey. The Briton has struggled enough to reach these heights, and a few tears of joy and bewilderment were natural. He has been in marvelous form this year, and his drive at Istanbul Park was nothing short of exceptional.
He made his way to Mercedes by replacing Michael Schumacher in 2013. However, we doubt that he had ever imagined breaking his untouchable records. No one had expected that the kid from Britain would break the records of the legendary German racer. However, he did so, and he did it in style.
While many consider the Briton to be in his prime, there is uncertainty over his future in F1. He hasn’t confirmed a contract extension with Mercedes yet; however, after Toto Wolff’s extension for another 3 years at Silver Arrows, he might as well consider another stint with the Germans. Toto would be happy to have him, and so would Mercedes.
“The news that he is to receive a knighthood shows that he is 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,” concluded Wolff.
Well, Hamilton may want to establish his record for eight driver’s championships. Yes, the thought is tempting. However, it involves the risk of failure. The teams don’t know how they will adjust to the new regulations. However, having followed Hamilton these years, failure does not intimidate him.