Where is Lewis Hamilton Since His Heartbreaking F1 Title Loss to Max Verstappen?

Published 12/15/2021, 4:40 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 7, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sedat Suna


Lewis Hamilton suffered a horrible defeat at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; losing out on a historic eighth title to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.  Hamilton has not made a public appearance since he lost the title-deciding race this past weekend

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Many would assume that Lewis is taking time off for himself to reflect on the season he had, and to come back stronger for next year’s championship. However, the 7-time world champion is on his way to receiving another prestigious award.

Lewis Hamilton is en route to winning a historic honor

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The Formula One community would think that the Mercedes driver would go back to Monaco, to recover and come back stronger for next season. However, that is not the case as Hamilton is off to Windsor Castle to get his Knighthood, which is scheduled for the 15th of December, Wednesday.

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 20, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is interviewed after finishing first place in qualifying REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

This elevates the driver to still another level of acclaim. Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, and Sir Jack Brabham are the other three F1 drivers who have received this honor. This award will be presented to Lewis Hamilton, actor David Suchet, and music director Donald Runnicles.

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A painful defeat for Hamilton at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The Abu Dhabi GP was the title-deciding race between Hamilton and Max Verstappen. As soon as the lights went out at the Yas Marina, Hamilton stole the lead from the Red Bull driver.

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However, it wasn’t over just yet for the Brit, as Red Bull’s Sergio Perez tried to hold off the Mercedes driver in order to help Max retake the lead. But, the Knight overtook the Mexican driver further extending his gap from Verstappen.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

But, as the race headed into its closing stages, a safety car was brought out, which resulted in the pack of drivers being bunched up together. After a controversial decision by the FIA, both the title contenders were neck-to-neck as the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix headed into the final lap of the race.

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Verstappen pushed himself to the limit, overtaking Hamilton, and crossed the chequered flag; winning the race, and also his first F1 title. Seeing that he lost out on a historic eighth title, Lewis is hoping to bounce back next season and steal Max’s championship next season.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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