Sir Lewis Hamilton was knighted in recognition of a brilliant career in Formula One just days after he controversially lost a record eighth title.
The motoring superstar was knighted by the Prince of Wales during his coronation ceremony of Windsor Castle on Wednesday, but he declined to speak to reporters afterwards.
The boy was joined by his mother Carmen Lockhart and all smiled as they posed for photos in the quadrangle of the castle.
When congratulated with his award, Hamilton said: “Thanks.”
The 36-year-old is the fourth F1 driver to be knighted, after Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart and the first to be awarded the title while competing.
Hamilton was recognized on the New Year’s Honor roll after a record-breaking year in which he surpassed Michael Schumacher’s all-time victory and competed against the German by claiming his seventh world title.
But on Sunday, Rival driver Max Verstappen claims his first Formula One world title after his season-long battle with Hamilton went to a one-round penalty shootout in Abu Dhabi.
Deploying the safety car after a late crash at the Yas Marina Circuit wiped out the lead Hamilton had created over his rival, and Verstappen had the edge with newer tyres.
After the Red Bull driver overcame Sir Lewis – who missed out on his fifth straight title – the British racing star said on car radio “This has been manipulated, man”, but he was later magnanimous in post-race interviews.
He told Sky Sports at the time: “Congratulations to Max and his team. I think we did a great job this year. Everyone back at the factory and here has worked so hard in this most difficult season. ”
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