Lewis Hamilton has ended the year in grand style after he was finally awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.
The 35-year-old is arguably F1 most successful driver, equalling Schumacher’s record of seven driver’s titles while also beating the German’s 91 race wins.
Off the tracks, the world champion has also earned a reputation as a human rights activist, launching campaigns for diversity in F1 and racial justice. He also spoke out powerfully in the Black Lives Matter movement along with tennis star Naomi Osaka.
Hamilton is Formula One’s only Black driver. He grew up in social housing as the grandson of immigrants from the Caribbean.
In a glowing tribute to his team’s superstar driver, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: “Lewis is one of the very greatest racing drivers of all time and the most successful British sportsperson of his era.
“Lewis is a true giant of our sport and his influence is huge both in and out of a car,” said newly-appointed Formula One chief executive Stefano Domenicali, a former Ferrari team principal.
“What he has achieved is phenomenal with still more to come.”
Of course, Sir Lewis Hamilton sounds just about right!
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