Damon Hill leads praise for 'exceptional talent' Lewis Hamilton
Damon Hill leads praise from world of F1 for ‘exceptional talent’ Lewis Hamilton after seven-time champion was awarded a knighthood as Mercedes boss Toto Wolff insists UK should feel proud to have a ‘champion and ambassador of his calibre’
- The world of Formula One has hailed seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton
- The 35-year-old British driver was made a knight in New Year Honours list
- Former F1 driver Damon Hill, crowned world champion in 1996, has led plaudits
The world of Formula One has hailed seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton after he was awarded a knighthood.
It was confirmed that Hamilton was made a knight in the New Year Honours list, revealed on Wednesday night.
Former F1 driver Damon Hill, crowned world champion in 1996, has led the plaudits for the Brit.
Ex-F1 driver Damon Hill (L), world champion in 1996, has led the plaudits for Lewis Hamilton (R)
‘It’s fantastic the way he calls out to all the young kids. He’s going to ignite a whole army of Hamilton wannabe-emulaters,’ he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
‘He deserves his knighthood. He always has been an exceptional talent but it’s incredible what he’s achieved this year.
‘It’s not been a good year for most of us on the planet but it’s been a pretty good year for Lewis.’
While ex-driver Martin Brundle told Sky Sports News: ‘Congratulations to him, and very well deserved.
‘Seven world titles he has in his pocket now equalling the great Michael Schumacher. He tops the tables in Formula 1 for most victories at 95, most pole positions at 98, most podiums at 165.
‘He’s 36 years old on January 7. Most of the young guns aiming to knock him off the pedestal are 10-15 years younger than him and he still turns up with his A game; full of energy, pushing like crazy.
Hamilton has enjoyed a record-breaking year and won his seventh world title in November
The Briton notched a record-equalling seventh world title in another dominant season in F1
‘If anybody in sporting terms deserves this recognition then surely it’s Sir Lewis Hamilton.’
Hamilton has enjoyed a record-breaking year after beating Michael Schumacher’s all-time victory total and matching the legendary driver by claiming his seventh world title.
The 35-year-old was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a second time earlier this month and becomes the fourth F1 driver to be knighted. He follows in the footsteps of Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart but Hamilton is the first to be awarded the honour while still competing.
The British driver has won six of his titles at Mercedes, who he moved to from McLaren in 2013, and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said the UK should feel proud to have a ‘champion and ambassador of the calibre of Sir Lewis Hamilton’.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff (R) said the UK should feel proud to have a ‘champion’ like Hamilton
‘Lewis is one of the very greatest racing drivers of all time and the most successful British sportsperson of his era,’ he said.
‘Around the world, he has long been recognised for his sporting achievement, and this year, he combined his excellence on the track with a powerful voice to fight discrimination. In every sense, he led the way in 2020.
‘The news that he is to receive a knighthood shows that he is now receiving the recognition he has earned during a career of unparalleled success in motorsport.
‘The UK can be very proud to have a champion and ambassador of the calibre of Sir Lewis Hamilton.’
Hamilton won BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for the second time earlier this month
Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had bypassed concerns over the world champion’s tax status by placing him on the ‘Diplomatic and Overseas List’.
Worth more than £250million, Hamilton has lived in tax exile in Monaco for a decade, having first moved from the UK to Switzerland after completing his debut season in 2007. He has previously defended the amount of tax he pays in the UK.
Hamilton was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire and grew up on a council estate before becoming grand prix racing’s first black driver. He has spent this year campaigning for greater diversity in his sport.
The 35-year-old driver has also been vocal in leading the sport’s stance against racism
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