Why is Lewis Hamilton Called ‘Sir’? When Did He Receive his Knighthood

Published 04/16/2021, 3:45 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


In all honesty, receiving a knighthood is an incredible honor. On New Year’s Eve, Lewis Hamilton received a knighthood from the Queen of England herself.

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As a result of his new status, he will henceforth be known as Sir Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton is hardly the first sportsman to receive such an honor.

Now, Hamilton joins an elite list that includes Jackie Stewart, Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham, and Frank Williams. Prior to this, he received an MBE recognition from the British crown. Of course, the MBE is a little more common, with several sports stars receiving it.

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However, Hamilton is the first one in the modern era to ever receive the knighthood. It is all the more incredible, considering that he is still in the prime of his career.

The last F1 affiliate to receive a knighthood was former Williams F1 Engineering Director and Co-Founder, Patrick Head.

Lewis Hamilton is waiting for his record 8th title

The 36-year-old is currently on the prowl for his 8th F1 World Championship. So far, he has made a great start, with a triumph at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Now in a week’s time, he is heading to Imola for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Having won the race last year, he is in a prime position to win it again.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

However, many would suggest that the competition will be a lot more fierce. It is also worth mentioning that there is a chance of rain on the horizon.

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Tackling an old-fashioned track is one thing, but tackling it in the wet could be a completely different story. Nevertheless, Hamilton will definitely be up for the challenge, as will his other rivals.

Aside from Lewis Hamilton, the likes of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas will be huge threats as well. Additionally, Scuderia Ferrari seems to have begun to clean up its act after a nightmare 2020 season. There is also a chance of McLaren or Alpine trying to spoil the party.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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