Sports Personality of the Year: Lewis Hamilton receives award
Lewis Hamilton is set to become a Sir in the New Year honours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanded his inclusion. Hamilton is now a seven-time F1 world champion matching the incredible record of Michael Schumacher.
Hamilton is now regarded as one of the greatest ever British sportsmen and is set to join the likes of Mo Farah and Andy Murray who have been knighted in recent years.
The 35-year-old dominated the 2020 F1 season from start to finish with nobody getting near him.
There were concerns Hamilton may not be able to be knighted because of worries over his UK tax status.
The Prime Minister will place the Mercedes star on the ‘Diplomatic and Overseas List’ to ensure he becomes Sir Lewis Hamilton.
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That’s according to the Daily Mail claim Johnson will use the list which ‘recognises people who have given exceptional service to the UK abroad and internationally’ to knight the driver.
Hamilton has been prominent in the Black Lives Matter campaign this year as well as winning on the track.
Hamilton was awarded the MBE in 2008 after his first world title.
He is set to become the fourth F1 driver to be knighted, following Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart.
Hamilton also won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for 2020 earlier this month.
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A source close to the government told the Daily Mail: “Boris made it clear he wanted Lewis knighted so everyone was backed into a corner.”
The sport honours committee were hesitant about knighting Hamilton because of his Monaco residency.
It meant HMRC could not adequately vet his tax affairs, something which has to be done ahead of any domestic award.
Hamilton would be delighted to be knighted as his comments from last month underlined.
He said: “I would never ever turn down the Royal family. I grew up in the UK and am a massive fan of them.
“It is very surreal, when you grew up watching the news like everyone else, hearing your name in the House of Lords or the House of Commons or in Parliament.
“It is very very surreal to hear that with all the things going on in the world that they have a moment and acknowledge the work that I have done.
“As far as I am aware, there is a lot of talk and I have not really thought a lot about it, but it would be an incredible honour.
“There is no greater honour that your country recognising you and honouring you with such an award.”
Hamilton will look to become an eight-time F1 world champion next season and set a new benchmark as the greatest ever driver in the sport.
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