Arise, Sir Lewis! Hamilton is officially knighted

Jamie Woodhouse
Sir Lewis Hamilton poses for a picture. England, December 2021.

Sir Lewis Hamilton is official after the seven-time champ was knighted by Prince Charles at Windsor Castle.

There had long been calls for the Mercedes driver to receive his knighthood, and they were answered when Hamilton was included in the New Years Honours List a year ago.

And now, his new status has been made official, with Prince Charles making Hamilton a knight at the Windsor Castle investiture on Wednesday.

Lewis Hamilton knighted by Prince Charles. England, December 2021.

Hamilton joins the likes of the late great Sir Stirling Moss, as well as Sir Jackie Stewart and Sir Jack Brabham from the world of motorsport in receiving this honour, though Hamilton is the only Formula 1 driver to have been knighted while still active as part of the grid.

The ceremony for Hamilton came just days after the controversial conclusion to the 2021 season, where a late Safety Car and call to allow only selected cars to unlap themselves, saw Hamilton’s bid for a record eighth World Championship unravel on the final lap.

With only the cars separating leader Hamilton and his title rival Max Verstappen allowed to pass the Safety Car, Verstappen put his superior tyres to use on the final lap as the track returned to green, passing Hamilton to take the chequered flag and his first World Championship.

 

Hamilton has not spoken publicly about the conclusion to the season yet, while the same is true for his Mercedes team, who have not updated their social media accounts since Sunday.

Mercedes lodged two appeals against the final result post-race in Abu Dhabi, both of which were turned down by the stewards.

The seven-time Drivers’ champions and eight-time Constructors’ Championship-winners then lodged their intention to appeal those decisions, with official word on whether they will follow through yet to arrive.