World of motor sport reacts to Hamilton knighthood

Date published: December 31 2020

Lewis Hamilton

It’s official, Sir Lewis Hamilton will take to the Formula 1 grid in 2021 after he was named in the New Year’s Honours list.

Bestowed with his knighthood, Hamilton now becomes Formula 1’s sixth knight after Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, Australia’s Sir Jack Brabham, and the co-founders of Williams Sir Frank Williams and Sir Patrick Head.

So, with Sir Lewis now added to the list, congratulatory messages have been flooding in from across the world of motor sport for the seven-time World Champion.

Hamilton secured his record-equalling seventh World Championship in 2020 as part of the dominant Mercedes outfit. The Silver Arrows have now won seven Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships in a row, with six of those Drivers’ titles coming courtesy of Hamilton.

Sky F1 commentator David Croft gave passed on his congratulations in true Crofty fashion with a very cheesy pun on his ‘lights out and away we go’ line.

1996 World Champion Damon Hill shared a very impressive piece of fan art, a knight’s armour in Hamilton’s race helmet colours.

 

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FIA president Jean Todt congratulated Hamilton for a knighthood which reflected the incredible achievements of both Sir Lewis and motor sport in general.

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has become one of Hamilton’s most successful battlegrounds after winning the Spanish Grand Prix here for the last four years in a row.

Officials were keen to recognise the five-time Spanish GP winner’s knighthood, and he will be back there in 2021 to try and make it five victories on the trot.

Silverstone renamed their pit straight in honour of Hamilton in 2020 and offered their congratulations to Britain’s new knight, a record seven-time winner of the British Grand Prix at the Northamptonshire track.

TV and radio broadcaster Kirsty Gallacher labelled Sir Lewis one of the best sportsmen of our generation.

Reflecting on the confirmation of Sir Lewis Hamilton’s knighthood, Mercedes F1 team principal and CEO Toto Wolff told the team’s website: “Lewis is one of the very greatest racing drivers of all time and the most successful British sportsperson of his era.

“The news that he is to receive a knighthood shows that he is now receiving the recognition he has earned during a career of unparalleled success in motorsport. The UK can be very proud to have a champion and ambassador of the calibre of Sir Lewis Hamilton.”

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