Lewis Hamilton’s knighthood ‘a mockery’ as fans fume at F1 star being on list

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Lewis Hamilton ’s knighthood has resulted in outrage from some on social media who feel the Formula One champion should not be on the New Year Honours list.

The British racing driver is not everyone’s cup of tea and has drawn criticism throughout his F1 career.

Away from the track, some deem the 35-year-old’s character to be insufferable.

And he has also rubbed fellow Formula One stars up the wrong way in years gone by, including ex-Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

But his talented performances within the sport are unquestioned, and 2020 saw the Stevenage-born driver equal Michael Schumacher’s record of seven F1 world titles.

Despite his incredible achievement, Hamilton’s character is not to everyone’s liking and many have made their anger clear at his imminent knighthood.

Reacting on Twitter to the knightood confirmation, one said: "Never has there been a more undeserving title, makes an absolute mockery, there are so many more people far more deserving, why do these famous people get it when there are people who have given up their whole lives to a cause, yet get nothing."

Another put: "Sir Lewis?! Sir?! Jeez she’s just giving ‘em out isn’t she."

A third blasted: “Unbelievable! Whatever next. Arise Sir Stig as you drove the quickest around the Top Gear track!”

“Fair play to him but he’s still a narcissist who has the fastest car,” a fourth put.

And another added: “His ego has now been inflated to a dangerous level! #virtuous”.

Many hailed Hamilton, though, as one said: “Well deserved @LewisHamilton! Keep up the work on and off the track”.

And another put: “Great news, still he rises, haters gonna hate, try using positive energy”.

A contract for next year is still to be signed for the Mercedes driver to extend his F1 career.

But an agreement is anticipated soon and 2021 could be the year Hamilton overtakes Schumacher to be the most decorated driver in the history of the sport.

Hamilton could be rewarded with a new improved contract worth up to £40m a year.

And a three-year deal may well be tabled, meaning he would earn up to £120m in F1 from now until 2023.

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