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Knighthood the recognition Hamilton deserves - Wolff

Knighthood the recognition Hamilton deserves - Wolff

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Knighthood the recognition Hamilton deserves - Wolff

Knighthood the recognition Hamilton deserves - Wolff

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has said the knighthood awarded to seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is the recognition the driver deserves for his successes both on and off-track.

In 2020, Hamilton became statistically the most successful Formula 1 driver of all time, equalling Michael Schumacher's record haul of seven world titles whilst surpassing the German's win and podium benchmarks.

Away from the circuit, Hamilton was a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and also launched 'The Hamilton Commission' to "identify the key barriers to recruitment and progression of Black people in UK motorsport, and to provide actionable recommendations to overcome them".

Reflecting on both the announcement and on the achievements of his driver, Wolff said: "Lewis is one of the very greatest racing drivers of all time and the most successful British sportsperson of his era.

"Around the world, he has long been recognised for his sporting achievement; this year, he combined his excellence on the track with a powerful voice to fight discrimination. In every sense, he led the way in 2020.

"The news that he is to receive a knighthood shows that he is now receiving the recognition he has earned during a career of unparalleled success in motorsport. The UK can be very proud to have a champion and ambassador of the calibre of Sir Lewis Hamilton."

Hamilton is yet to sign a contract extension at Mercedes to race in 2021 although it would be a surprise if a deal was not announced in the early stages of 2021.

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Dave

Thankyou at last people are starting to see the Micheal Jordan of F1 I cant believe its taken so long. Lewis is without doubt the most complete superstar sportstar hardworking honest trusty and true (Damien Rice) I cant understand why its took so long but its here now. If only more British people would see how good he is on the track by a country mile and off the track with his opinions a true gentleman WELL DONE SON

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Thankyou at last people are starting to see the Micheal Jordan of F1 I cant believe its taken so long. Lewis is without doubt the most complete superstar sportstar hardworking honest trusty and true (Damien Rice) I cant understand why its took so long but its here now. If only more British people would see how good he is on the track by a country mile and off the track with his opinions a true gentleman WELL DONE SON

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Dave, yes. If only more British people would see how good he is on the track by a country mile and off the track with his opinions a true gentleman. I a Sri Lankan see it

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Unfortunately he will always have his detractors, for reasons which I guess are quite well understood by most. However, when he is normally compared with Schumacher Snr, I always wonder just how often people consider what a common cheat Schumacher was, not only him but various of his erstwhile team managers who were amongst the best known cheats in the game - RIP Tom!

Does anyone ever recall Lewis cheating in order to achieve success? I rest my case.

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Arise Sir Lewis Hamilton. Congratulations from Sri Lanka the Pearl of the Indian Ocean . Your Knighthood is richly deserved. Looking forward to this season of F1

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Toto ......... we had respect for you till this statement.

He is an above average driver in a superb car ..................if Lewis got a Knighthood - what should the car and the Team get ?

What am I going on about............look at all the seronja's, I mean Sir/s the world has........................

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At the age of 80 and had a lifetime interest in F1- and seen most of the greats from Fangio, Moss, Hawthorn, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark, Hunt, Senna, Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton- I recently read that Jackie Stewart rated Jim Clark Better than all of them . I would agree with him.

Whilst I admire what Lewis Hamilton has achieved , I deeply resent his bringing politics into F1., and the same goes for all other sports events that have allowed this to happen. I have grand-children of mixed race who share my views. All sporting events promote respect for all - but should not allow political issues to cause friction in what should remain “political free” zones.

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