Lewis Hamilton: F1 champ opens up on being knighted – I miss the Queen, call me Sir Lewis


The Mercedes driver secured his fourth World Drivers’ Championship on Sunday in Mexico to become Britain’s most decorated driver.

Lewis Hamilton’s success on the track has led to suggestions the 32-year-old could be in line for a knighthood.

The F1 champion received an MBE in 2009 and admits he would very much like a return to Buckingham Palace.

“I have missed the Queen since I had lunch with her when she invited me to the Palace,” he said.

“I have always wanted to go back, that would be the greatest honour. I have been trying to represent England the best way I can and if that is at some stage recognised by the Queen I would be incredibly honoured.”

Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton would welcome being knighted by the Queen

Lewis Hamilton shares touching moment with his mum after sealing fourth world title

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Lewis Hamilton shared a touching moment with his mum after sealing fourth world title during the Mexican Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his mum after bagging his fourth world title

Britain’s previous most successful driver, Sir Jackie Stewart, won his third F1 title in 1973 and was later knighted in 2001.

However, in recent years athletes have been knighted while still competing with Andy Murray and Mo Farah both in the 2017 new year list.

And Hamilton admits he would embrace his new status if he became knighted in the coming months.

Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning his fourth World Drivers’ Championship

“I would enforce it on everyone. To friends, I’d be like, ‘Excuse me, it is Sir Lewis’!” he said with a smile.

“Friends, everyone.

"It is such an honour. I have friends who are Sirs and I call them Sir. It’s unique, why not enjoy it?”

Hamilton is back in action on Friday November 10 when the F1 reaches Brazil.

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