Lewis Hamilton is knighted after his seventh world title this year.
The 35-year-old Formula 1 champion receives the gong despite his controversial tax issues.
Lewis Hamilton is knighted after his seventh world title this year
Hamilton made F1 history last week when he hit Michael Schumacher's record with a seventh world title win. Nobody has won more driver championships than the couple in sport.
Hamilton himself previously downplayed the demand for chivalry, saying, "I haven't saved a life, I'm not an unsung hero like NHS staff or Captain Sir Tom Moore."
But he told the BBC that it would be the happiest day of his life to meet the Queen again if he were to do the honor.
He said, “Like everyone else, I grew up adoring the royal family. If one day it is my honor to stand before the Queen again, it would be the happiest day I have ever seen here again. She's an icon, such as an incredible person. & # 39;
The driver, who received his MBE from the Queen in 2009, will receive the gong despite his controversial tax affairs
The champion, who has often spoken out on race issues, has been hailed as one of the greatest British athletes of all time
The racing driver, valued at £ 250 million, is based in the Monaco tax haven.
A friend said, “This is an honor that has escaped Lewis for so many years. It's an incredible end to the best season. & # 39;
Another said, “He pays the right amount of tax – whatever is due.
"He was suggested by industry leaders in recognition of his tremendous contribution to the sport."
The British driver sealed his seventh World Championship with his win in Turkey
Hamilton made F1 history last week when he hit Michael Schumacher's record with a seventh world title win
Athletes knighted or made women when they were still taking part in competitions:
Sir Gordon Richards – Racing, 1953
Sir Stanley Matthews – Football, 1965
Lady Naomi James – Sailing, 1979
Sir Richard Hadlee – Cricket, 1990
Dame Kelly Holmes – Athletics, 2005
Lady Tanni-Gray Thompson – Athletics, 2005
Lady Ellen MacArthur – Sailing, 2005
Sir Chris Hoy – Cycling, 2009
Sir Nick Faldo – Golf, 2009
Lady Sarah Storey – Cycling, 2013
Sir Bradley Wiggins – Cycling, 2013
Sir Ben Ainslie – Sailing, 2013
Lady Laura Davies – Golf, 2014
Sir Andy Murray – Tennis, 2017
Sir Mo Farah – Athletics, 2017
Lady Valerie Adams – Shot put, 2017
S.ir Alastair Cook – Cricket, 2019
The driver's tax regimes, which were legal, allowed him to save £ 3.3m by registering a £ 16.5m private jet in the Isle of Man.
Hamilton's award comes after his vocal support for the Black Lives Matter movement, particularly after George Floyd's death.
And in an interview with BBC News Thursday morning, Hamilton spoke about how his upbringing made him more determined than ever to make change – and urged the youth not to give up on their dreams.
"For the kids out there who dream the impossible, don't give up on this dream because I am living proof that you can manifest your dreams and even the impossible," he said.
& # 39; I remember as a kid; Adults, teachers, parents of other drivers told me I couldn't make it. "You won't make it, go back to your country."
“All of these horrible things and I remember thinking I was going to prove you wrong.
"The message is addressed to all the children out there who feel they have no voice and want to dream of something or dream big."
At the age of 35 he still feels the passion to continue fighting for success not only on the track, but also as a key fighter and an important voice that demands greater racial equality and diversity.
It comes after recently asking for more time to himself on his new £ 120m Mercedes deal.
The champ was even further removed from his family this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the extensive demands on the top have led him to add more personal days to the deal, which is expected to be completed soon.
Hamilton is now the most successful driver in the history of Formula 1. He has more race wins than Michael Schumacher (the couple from 2012) and has set his championship record
Hamilton gets on his Mercedes to greet his team and become world champion for the seventh time
Hamilton struggles to hold back tears after hitting Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles
He told the BBC: "I'm going to hang out with friends and family, create memories when we want to travel more, it's about taking my family somewhere and creating memories with them and celebrating with them just around them." because I couldn't see her this year.
And when asked if he had more time for himself, he replied with a knowing smile.
“Potentially … that's always part of the conversation, I need more time, I think this year has shown, for example, that you can work from home.
"I'm sure the contract will have a lot of Zoom days in it instead of today, which means I will have to fly less, which is good."
IN NUMBERS: HOW LEWIS COMPARES HAMILTON WITH MICHAEL SCHUMACHER
Lewis Hamilton mimicked Michael Schumacher by winning his seventh world championship.
This is how two of the most successful drivers in the sport compare.
Fastest laps: 77
Win rate: 30 percent
Fastest laps: 53
Win rate: 35 percent
Schumacher won seven championships, two with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 and an unprecedented five for Ferrari at the turn of the century.
As a controversial driver, he collided with Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve in the championship decisions in 1994 and 1997, before deliberately parking his Ferrari in Monaco in 2006 to prevent Fernando Alonso from driving a lap in qualifying.
Little is known about Schumacher's current medical health after a skiing accident while on vacation with his family in the French Alps in 2013.
Hamilton was the youngest world champion when he won his first title in 2008 – a record Sebastian Vettel has broken since then – and 12 years later he's firmly in the elite.
His record of wins, pole positions and podiums is the best so far and he will compete for a record-breaking eighth championship next season.
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