Lewis Hamilton knighted in year-end royal honours

LONDON (AP) — Lewis Hamilton is now a “Sir” as well as a seven-time Formula One champion.

Hamilton received a knighthood on Wednesday as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s honours list, which also recognised British performers, politicians, public servants and people outside the limelight who worked to defeat the coronavirus and its devastating impacts.

Hamilton, who secured his seventh F1 title last month to equal Michael Schumacher’s record, said his recent success was partly inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The 35-year-old race car driver took the knee on the grid and wore anti-racism slogans during the season.

Hamilton told the BBC last week that “it was a different drive than what I have had in me in the past, to get to the end of those races first so that I could utilise that platform” against racism.