Lewis Hamilton is finally set to be awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s honours list.
The Formula One ace secured a record-equalling seventh world title at the Turkish Grand Prix last weekend.
There have been growing calls for Lewis Hamilton to be knighted following his sporting triumph on the track.
And when formerly asked about receiving such praise he said that when he thought about that recognition he thought about people like his grandad who served in the war.
The 35-year-old is among the UK’s most successful sportsman following several years of front running since making the move to Mercedes in 2013.
He’s a Monaco resident and worth an estimated £250 million which has copped complaint given the location’s tax-free status, but according to a news outlet, the Government’s Honours Committee have green-lighted his taxes after they were deemed to be all in order.
One of Lewis Hamilton’s friends told the publication that this was an honour that’s evaded Lewis for so many years and that it marked an amazing end to the most outstanding season.
While a leading sports figure said that Lewis Hamilton was paying the right amount of tax – all that is due and that he’s been put forward by industry bosses in honour of his immense contribution to the sport.
Lewis Hamilton now holds Formula One records for the most wins, which he set earlier this season, and pole positions – the Brit has won the world title for six of the past seven years.
He won his first world title back in 2008 when driving for McLaren, having been spotted and promoted by the team’s boss Ron Dennis.
Away from the track Lewis Hamilton has been a huge voice in fighting racism and has called out leading lights within motorsport to tackle the lack of diversity.
The 35-year-old has also been a significant figure in the Black Lives Matter movement and frequently wore t-shirts committed to spotlighting racial unfairness.
Sadly these days knighthoods are given out like sweeties and very few of them deserve it and the whole knighthood system is a joke and very few of those set to receive one have done anything worthwhile to the world.
It appears that it’s just some old boys club for extremely rich people who have only their own interests at heart, or who can aid the politicians in power and getting a knighthood is now pointless.
Sportspeople have already been honoured by having been given a trophy for the hard work that they do, but a knighthood should be reserved for those who’ve gone above and beyond to make this world a better place for all.
Perhaps if Lewis Hamilton was mid-race and had to stop the car to save a kitten in the road and then got back in his car and proceeded to win, then perhaps he might deserve a knighthood.
Lewis Hamilton is amazing, but if anyone deserved to be honoured this year, it should have gone to Marcus Rashford, the footballer that pushed for children’s school meals during the lockdown.
Lewis Hamilton is getting a knighthood for just doing the job he’s extremely well paid for. Some people have been working in the same job for 35 years or more and told that they do a really good job – should they be expecting a call from the Palace anytime soon?
And what will annoy numerous people is that Lewis Hamilton lives in a tax haven and doesn’t contribute to the country he was born in and perhaps giving him a knighthood disparages the honour.