Former Formula 1 race winner David Coulthard has questioned why Lewis Hamilton is yet to receive a knighthood following his relentless success in the sport, claiming he "deserves it more than others."
Hamilton broke the all-time record for the number of grand prix victories at the Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday and looks set to equal Michael Schumacher's tally of seven world championships at the end of the season.
When asked on BBC Radio 5 Live if he believed Hamilton should receive a knighthood, Coulthard replied: "100 per cent.
"I don't understand why we are so many world championships into his career, he is a global ambassador for Britain. We race a true world championship.
"I have fun with American friends, you know, they have the World Series in baseball and they don't leave the Americas.
"We have a true world championship in Formula 1, we have Lewis there, proudly holding a Union Jack above his head everywhere and every time he has the opportunity to do so. Does anyone know a reason why [he has not been knighted]?
"Has he done something that means it is not acceptable under the current regulations to knight him? Because I think he deserves it more than some others."
Hamilton is yet to sign a contract extension with Mercedes for 2021, although it is almost guaranteed the partnership will continue at least for next season.
Coulthard expressed his awe at how Hamilton's work ethic allows his fellow Briton to continue to push the boundaries of the sport.
"I have been trying to chip away at Toto [Wolff], Lewis, Anthony [Hamilton, Lewis' father] to try and get an indication as to whether he is getting tired," he added.
"Is he starting to think beyond the sport? None of them seem to give any indication that he is anything other than focused on the future, and I find that remarkable. He is not new to the sport.
"I am not putting myself at all in the same class as Lewis but I know how much energy it took for me to get to whatever level was my best achievement and it was exhausting. That is what, in the end, made me want to stop. Not the love of driving but just, I was tired.
"It is remarkable how he manages himself to just turn up, deliver at that level, be in the public eye constantly, to be criticised as well by some who won't accept how good he is or question the way he lives or the movements he campaigns for.
"And somehow, he still manages to come back refreshed and do it all again, so I think he is around for the next few years, and assuming the car continues to perform, he will continue to deliver."
He is not white Enough, unlike David Beckham who was over rated and given the knight for nothing, he has done more and make Britain great than any other knighted loser. Does even to get to Media for his effort to be recognised. Knighted hood has become very pathetic and it like is for sale for the highest bidder, or political fraternity.
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