Formula One champion and record holder, Lewis Hamilton was decorated by the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, as a Knight of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year’s honours list. This comes 11 years after he received an MBE from the Queen on the 2009 New Year’s honours list.
The 35 year old has been inspirational in 2020 both on and off the track. He won a seventh Formula One World Championship, equalling Michael Schumacher’s record that stood for 16 years.
Hamilton, who was part of the Mercedes team at the last World Championship, made his Formula One debut in 2007, a year after Michael Schumacher’s last race win, and won his first World Championship in 2008. He earned praise for the starring role he played in ensuring that the world heard the “Black Lives Matter” cry against racially motivated police brutality, supporting the BLM movement by having the words on his clothing during races.
Sir Lewis Hamilton will go again in 2021 to try and beat Schumacher’s record outright, what a glorious sight that promises to be.