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VIDEO – Lewis Hamilton receives his knighthood

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VIDEO – Lewis Hamilton receives his knighthood

Wednesday’s ceremony marked Hamilton’s first public appearance since the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which ended in controversial circumstances.

Today Lewis Hamilton received his knighthood for services to motorsport, and here is the video of the moment when he became Sir Lewis!

Following two post-race protests, both of which were dismissed, Mercedes announced its intend to appeal the decision by FIA race director Michael Masi to allow for a one-lap racing sprint to the chequered flag.

It has been silent since making that statement on its social media channels, and reportedly declined to partake in an FIA photoshoot with other title-winning teams from across the motorsport spectrum.

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Hamilton is just the fourth Formula 1 driver to knighted, following Sir Jack Brabham (1978), Sir Jackie Stewart (2001), and Sir Stirling Moss (2000).

Off track, Sir Frank Williams and Sir Patrick Head have also received the honour for their contribution to motorsport.

Hamilton’s knighthood comes after he was awarded an MBE in 2008, the year after his first world championship.

While locked on seven titles, equal with Michael Schumacher, the Brit stands alone with regards to number of race wins (103) and pole positions (102).

A knighthood or damehood can be presented for all types of different achievement, but usually the person nominated will have made a major contribution to the country at a national or international level; their work and achievements will be viewed as an inspiration to others.

VIDEO Lewis Hamilton receives his knighthood VIDEO Lewis Hamilton receives his knighthood

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