Nov, 24th 2020 – Three-time Grand Slam tennis winner Andy Murray believes Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton deserves to join him as a British sporting knight.
Reports have suggested that Hamilton, who won a record-equaling seventh title last week, will be awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honors. He already holds the record for most pole positions and earlier this season overtook German Michael Schumacher’s total of 91 F1 race wins.
Last week, 1996 F1 champion Damon Hill said that Hamilton has broken barriers with his achievements. The 60-year-old said, “The knighthood will be seen as recognition of not just his driving but also as a black driver that has bust another door open for anyone who is not white.”
He added, “He has destroyed the preconception that it can’t be done, that there is an area where you cannot achieve something because of the color of your skin. He has totally destroyed that notion.”
Hamilton has combined his sports achievement in F1 this year with being a powerful voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and also being the long-time supporter of children’s charities and environmental issues.
Speaking to Sky Sports News last week, Richards praised Hamilton saying, “Sure he’ll be remembered as a great Formula 1 driver but I think he’s going on to create a legacy for himself that’s far bigger than that, in society generally. That for me is a sign of a champion. Someone who uses the platform for sport to promote other things that are far more important than just winning on a Sunday.”