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Lewis Hamilton set for knighthood after historic seventh title

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton wears a protective face mask during the press conference after winning the race, following the resumption of F1 after the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) FIA-Handout via REUTERS

Lewis Hamilton will receive the knighthood on the New Year’s honors list after winning his seventh Formula One World Championship and matching Michael Schumacher’s overall score.

The record-breaking seven-time Formula One world champion will receive the Queen’s highest honor as he continues to thrive as one of the greatest athletes in UK history.

The 35-year-old, who has continued to support the Black Lives Matter movement to highlight human rights issues around the world, had previously noted what an honor it would be.

He said earlier this year: “I think when I think of that honor, I think of people like my grandfather who served in the war, I think of Sir Captain Tom, who was knighted and waited a hundred years for that incredible honor.”

The Sun has reported that Hamilton will be rewarded for his contribution to the sport with a knighthood, after earning an MBE in 2009 after his first world title.

He said at the time: “It was one of the most overwhelming experiences I have ever had. Before adding: “I don’t think you realize until you’re in front of her how special she is.

“The Queen said she watched the last few laps very closely. She was asking about the car. The pressure is on now. She will be watching as I enter the first race. “

He said: “A lot of people hit me, especially older drivers. I do not know why.

“Maybe one day they will get over it, but I have a lot of respect for past legends, even those who continue to speak negatively of me all the time. I still hold them in high regard

“In 20 years, when I look back I can promise you this, I am not going to criticize any young driver who is getting ahead and succeeding.

“Because a responsibility as a senior driver is to shine the light as brightly as possible and encourage them.”

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