Lewis Hamilton fans vented their frustrtation after the five-time Formula 1 world champion was not present in the New Year's honours list, despite another title-winning year in 2018. Hamilton was awarded an MBE in 2008 after winning his first world championship but further recognition has not followed.
Sporting stars among those honoured in the Queen's New Year list included former England cricket captain Alastair Cook, who was knighted, and Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane – both recognised for the England football team's run to the World Cup semi-finals.
Theories for a failure to upgrade Hamilton's honour further are wide-ranging. Some have pointed to his residency in Monaco, reports that linked him to the Panama Papers scandal and the simple fact that he remains in active competition.
Disgusted that 5 times world champion lewis Hamilton never got a knighthood. What do you have to do. Unbelievable. — Gillian robertson (@Gillian26394526) December 29, 2018
So Gareth Southgate leads his team to 4th place in the World Cup and gets an OBE and Lewis Hamilton wins 5 World Championships and what recognition does he get... nothing! Something seriously wrong. #NewYearsHonours — Paul McGowan (@pauljmcgowan) December 29, 2018
If you are going to have a sytem where you knight people, surely Lewis Hamilton is one of those people?
5 world titles.
Murray was knighted while still in his prime.
Farce. — Knowl (@gmkonline) December 29, 2018
I've had a glance through the #NewYearsHonours and surprised not to see #LewisHamilton in there. 5 time world champion, one of the best drivers in f1 history and one of the all time greats. He's achieved more than some sportspeople who have been honoured in the past. — Christopher Clayton (@ChrisClaytonLaw) December 29, 2018
Dear @LewisHamilton when you are finally recognised with a knighthood, I hope you will chuck it back at them.
you don't need a useless honorific, of which is a residue of a gone by era to feel accomplished.
????keep winning! — Chronos Caerus (@ChronosCaerus) December 29, 2018
@HKane scored a couple of goals at the world Cup and gets honored. He's a national treasure. @LewisHamilton is the greatest driver in history and doesn't even get a pat on the back. — Matt (@BuilderManMatt) December 29, 2018