FILE PHOTO: Lewis Hamilton poses for a photo with his mother, Carmen Lockhart, after being created a Knight Bachelor by Britain’s Charles, Prince of Wales, during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, December 15, 2021. Andrew Matthews/Pool via REUTERS
March 14, 2022
DUBAI (Reuters) – Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said on Monday he plans to add his mother’s maiden name Larbalestier to his.
Speaking at Expo 2020 in Dubai ahead of this week’s season-opening race in Bahrain, the 37-year-old Briton said he was working on the change and hoped to make it happen soon.
“I’m really proud of my family’s name, ‘Hamilton,'” he explained.
“Actually, none of you may know that my mother’s name is Larbalestier and I’m about to put that in my name right now because I don’t really get the whole idea of when people get married then the woman loses her name.
“And my mother, I really want her name to go on with the Hamilton name.”
Hamilton’s mother, Carmen, and father, Anthony, separated when he was two years old.
Carmen accompanied the Mercedes driver to Windsor Castle in December when he was knighted.
The driver will be aiming for a record eighth Championship title this year after losing to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi on the final lap of a controversial final race of 2021.
He said Monday that winning isn’t everything and “sometimes when you lose, you actually win and grow, and my advice to people is, ‘Don’t be afraid to fail.'”
Hamilton said during testing in Bahrain last week that Mercedes is behind Ferrari and Red Bull and his car in its current form doesn’t lack the pace to challenge for wins.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Ken Ferris)
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