Lewis Hamilton Knighted in Britain’s New Year Honors List

Lewis Hamilton With Knight And F1 Logo

  • Lewis Hamilton has been knighted in UK’s New Year Honors List.
  • The 35-year old won a record-tying 7th F1 world title in 2020 and broke Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 race wins.
  • Hamilton is the -250 odds on favorite to win the 2021 F1 World Championship.

Arise, Sir Lewis.

In a year of historic milestones and accolades, Lewis Hamilton capped off 2020 by being bestowed the highest honour in the United Kingdom – knighthood.

Hamilton was among those named on Wednesday for UK New Year’s Honours List. The recognition for knighthood, which has been handed out since the medieval times, is given to a select few for exceptional achievement in any given activity. For Hamilton, it’s winning a record-tying 7th world title and now he joins a list of F1 knights including Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Frank Williams, sir Patrick Head, and Sir Jack Brabham.

Rewriting Formula One History Books

Towards the end of the 2020 Formula One season, Hamilton was rewriting Formula One records. He surpassed Michael Shumacher’s record of 91 career race wins and then matched the legendary German driver’s record of seven world championships won. With the way he dominated the F1 scene in the last couple of years, it is almost expected that he will have little resistance in securing the record-setting 8th world title and record-extending 100th race victory.

According to the online sportsbook Bet365, Hamilton is the hands down -250 odds on favorite to win the 2021 Formula One World Championships. Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas is second in the current oddsboard at +500 but even the Finn has not been able to seriously challenge Hamilton for the Driver’s Championship. Bottas finished 123 points behind Hamilton in 2020 after being just 87 points off in 2019 and 88 points back in 2018.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is third in the list at +550 and he was the only non-Mercedes driver who stood up to Hamilton. The addition of Sergio Perez (+1400 to win the F1 title) is expected to push Verstappen further but even then, not even the new Red Bull pairing could stop Hamilton from setting more records in 2021. With his contemporaries too far behind, 2021 should be an even bigger year for Hamilton.

Voice of Change

Hamilton’s success on the racetrack was just the tip of the iceberg. In 2020, Hamilton became a voice of change by using his platform to campaign for racial equality. His initiative to set up a commission to challenge motorsport’s lack of diversity has elevated him in a way his titles and trophies never could.

He openly supported the Black Lives Matter campaign while questioning the diversity in his sport. Throughout the season, his anti-racism message remained consistent. He wore his messages on his t-shirts, took a knee before races and encouraged his fellow drivers to do the same, posted about them in his social media account, and repeatedly spoke about racial injustice while incorporating his own personal childhood experiences.

With his actions came recognition. Time Magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people of 2020. Hamilton was also recognized as Britain’s Most Influential Black Person by the Powerlist 21. To finish the year, he has been given the recognition of Britain’s highest honor. Hamilton has been on the Queen’s list before, as MBE after he won his first F1 title in 2008. But now, he is Sir Lewis Hamilton, and deservedly so.

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