BRDC president David Coulthard claimed Hamilton had become "a huge part" of Silverstone's history and felt such an honour was "in recognition of his record-breaking achievements” after surpassing Michael Schumacher's wins mark and equalling the legendary German drivers tally of seven titles.
Commenting on the tribute, Hamilton, who celebrates his 36th birthday today [January 7], said: “Hamilton Straight! What an honour and I am so grateful to the BRDC.
“To be honoured like this, and knowing that they haven’t done that with any other driver really.
“To have a Hamilton Straight, so even if my life ends tomorrow, the Hamilton name will always be there which is really...I really feel like I’ve got my grandad’s name there and that’s a really proud thing for me.”
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