After clinching his fourth Formula One world title, there have been suggestions that Lewis Hamilton could be recognised on the Queen’s New Year’s Honors. Hamilton became Britain’s most successful Formula One driver on Sunday by winning a fourth world title, moving him one championship clear of Sir Jackie Stewart despite finishing ninth in the race.
Hamilton was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen in 2009 after winning his maiden world title and has admitted that he would be incredibly honored to be knighted.
“I miss the Queen. Since I had lunch with her that time when she invited me to the Palace, I’ve always wanted to go back. I am trying to represent the country in the best way I can and if that is recognised by the Queen then I’d be incredibly honoured.” the 32-year-old said. “I would enforce it to everyone. To friends, I’d be like, ‘Excuse me, it is Sir Lewis’!”
“No, no, only joking. It is such an honour. I have friends who are Sirs and whenever they text me, I reply, ‘Yes, Sir.’ It is unique so why not let it live in all its beauty.”
Hamilton would join the likes of Andy Murray and Mo Farah in knighthood if he receives the prestigious recognition.