Lewis Hamilton has been hailed as Britain’s greatest sportsman of all time after winning his seventh world title, increasing the pressure for his achievements to be rewarded with a knight title.
The Mercedes driver sealed his world domination with a supreme victory in the Turkish Grand Prix to equal Michael Schumacher in the championships, although he is already leading in wins and pole positions.
Other sports stars paid tribute to Hamilton, along with former England captain Rio Ferdinand, saying: “Lewis is the greatest sportsman this country has ever produced – no doubt. And there are still more chapters to come.
Lewis Hamilton has been hailed as Britain’s greatest sportsman after winning his seventh F1 title
Mercedes driver Hamilton (above) won the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul on Sunday to seal the title
The demand for national recognition comes after contemporaries such as Sir Andy Murray, Sir Mo Farah and Sir Alastair Cook were all knighted.
Lord Hain, the former cabinet minister, will send a second letter to Boris Johnson today calling for Hamilton to be promoted to the MBE New Year honors he received 12 years ago.
As Sports messaging revealed last year, Hain’s research as chairman of the all-party parliamentary group for F1 shows Hamilton, who is worth more than £ 250million, is among Britain’s top 5,000 taxpayers despite living at Monaco.
Former minister Lord Hain (above) to write to Boris Johnson for a Hamilton chivalry
Former England star Gary Lineker was one of the many sportsmen to congratulate Hamilton
Former England star Gary Lineker said the super-star rider was “right up there alongside our all-time greatest sportsmen. Stunning.’
Nico Rosberg, Hamilton’s only teammate to beat him to the title in 2016, said: “Seven-time world champion – that’s crazy. Massively deserved. Surely one of the greatest achievements in the history of sport. Congratulations Lewis. ‘
Asked about the prospect of a knighthood, Hamilton said: “When I think of this honor, I think of people like my grandfather who served in the war, Captain Tom, who waited 100 years, and the unsung heroes working in hospitals.
“I didn’t save anyone. I am a very proud Briton and it is an honor to represent the country, to hear the anthem play and to see the flag fly above me.