Lewis Hamilton admits he would jump at the ‘surreal’ chance to be knighted because ‘there is no greater honour’… with seven-time F1 world champion set to be made a Sir in New Year Honours
- Hamilton is expected to receive a knighthood in the New Year Honours List
- He moved level with Michael Schumacher on seven world titles this month
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson intervened personally to make it happen
Lewis Hamilton said it will be ‘surreal’ if his record-breaking season is crowned with a knighthood.
Sportsmail have reported that the Mercedes driver will be made ‘Sir Lewis’ in the New Year Honours after he became a seven-time world champion in Turkey a fortnight ago.
Boris Johnson intervened to make this happen, and his suggestion has been ratified by the honours committee after Hamilton’s tax affairs were given the ‘green light’ by HMRC.
Lewis Hamilton (above) is expected to receive a knighthood in the New Year Honours List
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, Hamilton said: ‘I would never turn down the royal family. I grew up in the UK and am an avid fan.
‘There is no greater honour than your country recognising you and honouring you with such an award.;
‘It is surreal to hear your name discussed when there is so much going on — that they can take a moment to acknowledge the work I have done.’
Mercedes’ Hamilton won his record-equalling seventh World Championship title in November
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson intervened personally to ensure the award for Hamilton