Lewis Hamilton is to change his surname in honour of his biological mother, Carmen Larbalestier.
The seven-time champion is in the process of adding the Larbalestier name to Hamilton in order for the name to "continue on".
Hamilton's mother and father Anthony separated when the Mercedes driver was two-years-old but both parents have been regular attendees to his races throughout his career.
Speaking to an audience at the delayed 2020 Dubai Expo ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Hamilton revealed the news when answering a question about what an eighth championship would mean to him.
"Everything," he replied.
"It is impossible to know what the future holds and what it would feel like but doing something that no one else has done, of course, would feel... it would be mindblowing."
“It would mean the world to my family," said Hamilton.
"For me, I’m very proud of my Hamilton family name.
“None of you might know that my mum’s name is Larbalestier and I’m just about to put that in my name.
“I don’t really fully understand the idea when people get married, the woman loses her name. My mum, I really want her name to continue on with the Hamilton name.”
On whether the change would be made before the 2022 season-opener, Hamilton replied: “Hopefully soon.
"I don’t know if it will be this weekend but we’re working on it.”