Will Sir Lewis Hamilton Get Some Remuneration for His Knighthood?

Published 12/20/2021, 4:34 PM EST
Lewis Hamilton poses for a photo after he was made a Knight Bachelor by Britain’s Charles, Prince of Wales, during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, December 15, 2021. Andrew Matthews/Pool via REUTERS


Lewis Hamilton, no, Sir Lewis Hamilton, has now been graced with the honor of the knighthood. Days after the F1 title was taken from him, Hamilton gained a different title. The title in F1 comes with its monetary benefits. But does his new title add to Hamilton’s wallet?

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As a giant of the sport, Hamilton has made his voice heard to make changes in the world as well. And seven world titles are no joke. An all-rounder through and through, his country honored him with the title of knighthood.

Will Lewis Hamilton get paid for being a knight?

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Simply said, no. The title is as far as it gets. There are no tangible benefits to being knighted; however, receiving such an honor from royalty, on behalf of your country, only stands testimony to the legacy of the person receiving it.

Knighthood is given to those who truly deserve it, and Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly one of them. F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali had said“What he has achieved is phenomenal with still more to come.”

While there is no added monetary benefit to knighthood, Hamilton only gets an impalpable pride of being honored by his country.

Revisiting Hamilton’s knighthood

The Prince of Wales awarded Sir Lewis Hamilton his knighthood,  making him the fourth F1 driver to have received the honor. Preceding him were Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, and Sir Jack Brabham.

Distinguished for his services to motorsport, Hamilton received his title mere days after his controversial season finale against Max Verstappen.

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A season’s worth of drama boiled down to the last race as the title protagonists arrived at Abu Dhabi tied on equal points. The race saw the Brit take a commanding lead throughout the session; one that was given up in the final lap because of a stewards’ ruling and a weak strategy on Mercedes’ part.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after finishing second in the race and world championship with race and world championship winner Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and third placed in the race Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

However, Hamilton was graceful in his defeat. In his post-race conference, he remained characteristically positive. ” Well firstly a big congratulations to Max and to his team. I think we did an amazing job this year… It has been the most difficult of seasons. I’m so proud of them, so grateful to be part of the journey with them. We gave it everything.”

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However, this was the last we heard from the driver. Hamilton sat out the post-race conference and the FIA gala in Paris. Additionally, he’s been quiet on social media. As rumors of Hamilton’s exit increase, it’s crucial to hear from the driver as a measure of reassurance. Till then, we hail Sir Lewis Hamilton and his undying love for the sport.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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