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Formula 1 Driver Sir Lewis Hamilton Has Been Knighted At Windsor Castle

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Formula 1 Driver Sir Lewis Hamilton Has Been Knighted At Windsor Castle

Sir Lewis Hamilton has been knighted at Windsor Castle.

The British Formula 1 star was invited to the glitzy ceremony to become a Sir and didn't speak to reporters after the event.

Officials decided he should be knighted after the 36-year-old equalled Michael Schumacher's record of seven F1 championships in 2020.

Sir Lewis brought his mum, Carmen Lockhart, to the event and he posed for photographs in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle.

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While he's not the first Formula 1 racer to have been knighted (with Australian Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart also receiving the honour) he is the first to become a Sir while he's still competing.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

It comes as Sir Lewis is set to travel to Paris today (Thursday December 16) to attend the end of year Formula 1 Championship ceremony.

The event will be rough considering Hamilton's racing team, Mercedes, is still contesting the results of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Max Verstappen stormed past Hamilton on the last lap of the season-ending race at the Yas Marina Circuit, having benefited from a late safety car that bunched up the pack.

Hamilton appeared to be charging to glory, easily holding Verstappen at bay in the closing laps, only for a crash for the Williams of Nicholas Latifi to change the course of events.

Verstappen clinched the title in dramatic fashion. Credit: Alamy
Verstappen clinched the title in dramatic fashion. Credit: Alamy

Confusion reigned as under-fire race director Michael Masi changed his mind to allow lapped cars to pass the safety car - meaning Verstappen had a clear run at Hamilton in the final lap and, on much faster tyres, made his move to claim a first F1 title.

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Mercedes immediately launched two appeals against the result - one against Verstappen for allegedly overtaking under a safety car and a second claiming a breach of rules regarding race restarts following a safety car period.

Both were dismissed after the two teams spent hours in the stewards' office, with Verstappen finally able to celebrate his title more than four hours after crossing the finish line.

However, Mercedes have already lodged an intention to appeal against the decision relating to restarting the race for the final lap.

The controversial ending meant Sir Lewis didn't overtaken Schumacher's record and claim eight F1 championships.

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Instead it made Verstappen the first Dutch driver to win the Formula One World Championship.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: SPORT, News, Lewis Hamilton

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