Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has officially wrapped up his sixth Formula One world championship. In the wake of his second place in USA, the Briton has now got 6 titles under his belt. With this incredible achievement in the bag, the sky is the limit for Lewis Hamilton.
Now, it has transpired that a number of fans are calling for the man from Stevenage to earn a knighthood. In fact, chairman of Motorsport UK, David Richards and Lord Hain, the former Labour cabinet member, wrote to the Prime Minister.
Many say that no sporting contemporary of Lewis Hamilton has dominated a worldwide sport for so long. The letters to Boris Johnson highlighted that Hamilton’s story is inspirational. A boy from a Stevenage council house became the first dark-skinned driver in Formula One, and now he is a multiple world champion.
Lord Hain claims that Hamilton is among the UK’s 5,000 biggest taxpayers, inspite of residing in Monaco. He contributes lavishly to the crown while working in Britain, where his Mercedes team are based.
The campaigners also highlight Hamilton’s charitable work. According to Sportsmail he is partnered with Comic Relief to establish a £1million fund to support British-based charities which help disadvantaged youngsters.
It’s actually extraordinary that he’s not already been knighted, especially when you consider some of those who have been honoured in sport. @LewisHamilton is arguably our greatest ever sportsperson. https://t.co/oGrkOD8HBa
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 5, 2019
It is a surprise. I think the public find it hard to relate to what it takes to race a F1 car. I also think he has an image problem, possibly appearing arrogant at times. I don’t personally think he’s the GOAT, but I would have expected the knighthood by now.
— Christopher Harress (@Charress) November 5, 2019
Sir Andy Murray, Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Mo Farah…
— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) November 4, 2019
— Elizabeth Haywood (@EZHaywood) November 5, 2019
Yes he is, and the knighthood is long overdue. He will have inspired millions of kids to believe in their own ability, and that should be properly acknowledged.
— Liz Jarvis (@LizJarvisUK) November 5, 2019
Why don't we give Sir Bradley Wiggins' knighthood to Lewis Hamilton?
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 4, 2019
Lewis Hamilton deserves a knighthood, for services to motor racing. I don't know if he's the best ever, motor racing has evolved. Still think out of him and Jim Clark.
— Christopher Duke (@ThisIsChrisDuke) November 4, 2019
@Team_LH @LewisHamilton @MercedesAMGF1 @LH44updates
Surely it's now time for Sir Lewis Hamilton?What more does he have to do??? 13 years of breaking records.13 years at the top.
Seems if you win a cycling race or an athletics race, your given a knighthood!
How does THE champ not
— Lee Shevlin #TeamLH (@shev4444) November 4, 2019
— Martyn Leach (@martypl76) November 4, 2019
If Lewis Hamilton does get a knighthood, he will have joined an elite list including Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham and Jackie Stewart. Even the likes of Frank Williams and Patrick Head have received knighthoods for their impact on the sport. Head is actually the latest Formula One name to receive a knighthood, having got it in 2015.