sÃO PAULO, SP (UOL / FOLHAPRESS) – Lewis Hamilton will receive the title of The Order of the British Empire’s Knight and be called “Sir”. The information was released on Wednesday (30) by the official Formula 1 website and several media outlets in the United Kingdom.
With respect, Hamilton becomes one of the few British with the actual title in the category. In addition to them, names such as Jackie Stewart, Sterling Moss, Frank Williams and Patrick Head also earned titles. Australian Jack Brabham also received, as the country is part of the nations of the British Commonwealth.
“Lewis is the true legend of our sport and he has influence both inside and outside the car,” said Formano 1 executive director and former Ferrari team head Stefano Domenical.
He said, “What he has achieved is unprecedented. In the coming times, we all congratulate him for this worthy recognition for his achievements in Formula 1, and we look forward to seeing him shine in 2021. “
Hamilton is included in the list of personalities to be honored by the British royal family. The relationship also includes names like Jimmy Greaves, Ron Flowers (former English football team player) and Annie Cathawong (former tennis player, the current captain of the British team in the Billie Jean King Cup).
According to The Guardian, the possibility of giving Hamilton a great title was disputed, as he currently lives in Monaco. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson personally influenced the debate to guarantee the British Mercedes driver the honor.
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A Formula 1 driver since 2007, when he made his debut for McLaren, Hamilton has seven world titles in the category (2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2018 and 2020). In addition, he finished the season with 95 career wins, surpassing Michael Schumacher’s record (91).