Twitter Explodes as ‘Sir’ Lewis Hamilton Finally Gets Knighted

Published 12/31/2020, 1:13 AM EST
Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates with his team after winning the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi REUTERS/Caren Firouz

Lewis Hamilton has been one of the greatest British achievers in any sport around the world. Hence, following his record-equaling seventh world championship title, rumors started buzzing around the paddock that the Briton would be knighted as an honor to his achievements.


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Well, it turned out to be true, as Lewis finally received his knighthood. As a result, he is no longer Lewis Hamilton. Instead, he is ‘Sir’ Lewis Hamilton.
The 35-year-old was finally added as a part of the UK’s New year honors list. Alongside some of the greatest warriors who fought against the dangerous COVID-19, the list included some public figures as well.


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Did Lewis Hamilton deserve the honor?

The incredible British driver joined Formula 1 as a full-time driver in 2007 and missed the title by a whisker in his debut season. However, he kept his morale up and made sure that he secured the title over the subsequent season in 2008.
Then, it was a tough middle phase with the McLaren Mercedes. Did that pull him down? The answer is a clear ‘no’.
He made a life-changing decision, as he moved to Mercedes AMG F1, which was then an unpredictable team. The future could have gone either way. To his luck, it went in the right direction.
Consequently, his performances hit the roof in 2014 and haven’t stopped till now. His teammate, Nico Rosberg, tried his best to beat him, but in vain. It just wasn’t happening for the German, as Lewis was way too fast.
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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon
2016 became the year Lewis lost to Rosberg, which turned out to be only the second loss for him in the teammate battle. Since then, the Briton has commanded the entire grid.
Of course, rivals have come close but, in the end, never got past him. Hence, his career has to be one of the most astonishing careers in Formula 1. What’s more? Well, he still has years in his hand. He is still looking strong and hungry for more titles.
Hence, it is only a matter of time before he jumps past the racing legend, Michael Schumacher, and places himself on the top as the greatest F1 driver.
Overall, a few opposed Lewis getting knighted. However, considering his mammoth achievements, Lewis thoroughly deserves this honor from his home country.
There were some incredible reactions to the news of Lewis Hamilton getting knighted. Take a look at some of them.

Twitter Reactions to Lewis getting Knighted

Thoroughly deserved. 👏

— McLaren (@McLarenF1) December 30, 2020

Arise Sir Lewis #F1 #StillRising

— Mark Gallagher (@_markgallagher) December 30, 2020

Few sportsmen have been more deserving of the title and the honour.

And still he arises… Sir Lewis.

— Will Buxton (@wbuxtonofficial) December 30, 2020

Imagine if commentators HAD to say

‘Sir Lewis Hamilton’

In every single bit of racing action…


— Matt Gallagher (@MattyWTF1) December 30, 2020

Richly deserved and long overdue. Congratulations Sir Lewis Hamilton – Is it ‘Knights Out & Away We Go’ from now on? :))))

— David Croft (@CroftyF1) December 30, 2020

#SirLewisHamilton | one of youngest ever Knights!

— James Martin (@JamesNewsWorld) December 31, 2020

Great to see @LewisHamilton awarded a knighthood for his services to motorsport in The Queen’s New Years honours list. One of the greatest F1 drivers of our generation who has always stood up for what’s right, no matter the vitriol he receives.

— Omid Scobie (@scobie) December 30, 2020

The journey is only just beginning!! Congratulations, Sir @LewisHamilton
.#F1 #lewishamilton #SirLewisHamilton #NewYear2021 #NewYearHonours #NewYear #LH44 #TeamLH @MercedesAMGF1

— Parth Sabnis (@SabnisParth) December 31, 2020

The name's Lewis, Sir Lewis. Congratulations @LewisHamilton, that's one of the most deserving gongs in sport. #F1 #SirLewisHamilton

— Adam Hay-Nicholls (@AdamHayNicholls) December 30, 2020


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Whilst the whole honours list and royal family are anachronistic, I am so pleased that Lewis Hamilton has finally been recognised by this country for his amazing achievements both on and off the track.

Arise #SirLewisHamilton #TeamLH

— Florence Batt (@ILuvLewisHam) December 30, 2020


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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.


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