F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton Earns Knighthood In New Year's Honors List

F1 star Lewis Hamilton has added another line to his illustrious resume. Adding to an incredible year, Hamilton was awarded a knighthood through the United Kingdom's Honour List. Hamilton was honored alongside politician Geoffrey Cox QC, actress Sheila Hancock and songwriter Craig David.

Hamilton is a seven-time Formula One champion with 91 wins. Despite becoming the most successful driver in the sport's history, Hamilton's biggest impact was made away from the track. As the sport's only Black driver, Hamilton has used his platform to speak out against racism, economic inequality and police brutality. He has also taken shots at polarizing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

"Lewis is a true giant of our sport and his influence is huge both in and out of a car," Formula One CEO Stefano Domenicali said.

"What he has achieved is phenomenal with still more to come."

Hamilton is the fourth driver to earn the year-end honor. Previously, Jack Brabham, Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart received knighthood honors.

"The UK can be very proud to have a champion and ambassador of the calibre of Sir Lewis Hamilton," Domenicali added.

This is not the first award Hamilton has earned this year. Through his accomplishments behind the wheel and away from the track, he was named Laureus Sportsman of the Year and GQ's Gamechanger of the Year. Hamilton was also recognized as one of TIME Magazine's Most Influential People.

With 2021 on the horizon, Hamilton is poised to have yet another great year.

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