Lewis Hamilton has officially been knighted by Prince Charles for services to motorsport in a ceremony at Windsor Castle days after F1 heartbreak.
The 36-year-old Briton controversially lost the 2021 title to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Dutch driver, who confirmed he will have the #1 on his car next season, meanwhile said he was looking forward to some time away from the track as Red Bull and Mercedes’ engineers begin work on their respective cars for next season, which must be unveiled before the first day of pre-season testing in Barcelona in February.
Hamilton was dubbed a knight by the Prince of Wales during a Windsor Castle investiture ceremony on Wednesday, but he declined to speak to reporters afterwards.
Hamilton, who was joined by his mother, Carmen Larbalestier, received the knighthood for services to motorsport after being named in last year’s New Year Honours list.
The 36-year-old is the fourth F1 driver to be knighted, following in the footsteps of Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart, and the first to be awarded the honour while still competing.
When congratulated on his award, Hamilton said: “Thank you.”