Lewis Hamilton speaks out on Knighthood and declares ‘I am a massive royal fan!’ | F1 | Sport
Lewis Hamilton would be honoured to be given a knighthood should he receive the offer. The Mercedes driver, speaking ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, admits he would never turn down the Royal family if he was included on the New Year’s Honours List.
Hamilton has made history this season in matching Michael Schumacher’s seven world championships in Formula One.
The Briton has dominated the sport in 2020, securing the title with three races remaining.
Hamilton’s closest rival and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas has had no answer for the 35-year-old.
And the former McLaren driver has reacted to the news he could become Sir Lewis Hamilton in the New Year.
He said: “I would never ever turn down the Royal family. I grew up in the UK and am a massive fan of them.
“It is very surreal, when you grew up watching the news like everyone else, hearing your name in the House of Lords or the House of Commons or in Parliament.
“It is very very surreal to hear that with all the things going on in the world that they have a moment and acknowledge the work that I have done.
“As far as I am aware, there is a lot of talk and I have not really thought a lot about it, but it would be an incredible honour.
“There is no greater honour that your country recognising you and honouring you with such an award.”
Hamilton has also underlined he wants to make a difference in some of the controversial locations F1 visits.
He added: “When I arrived here around midday on Thursday, I received some letters and I have not had a lot of time to digest them and that’s something I need to take some time to do.
“The human rights issue in so many of the places that we go to is a massive problem.
“It is very important, that has shown this year how important it is, not only for us as a sport but all the sports around the world to utilise the platforms they have and to push for change.