Lewis Hamilton awarded knighthood after becoming greatest F1 driver of all-time

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Lewis Hamilton has ended a phenomenal 2020 with a knighthood after being recognised in the New Year Honours List.

Hamilton, 35, won his seventh F1 world championship this term as bosses of the sport crammed an entire season into a matter of months due to Covid-19.

The Brit's title win also saw him equal Michael Schumacher's record as he looks to go one better next season.

Hamilton has not lived in the UK since 2007, meaning he has been included on the Diplomatic and Overseas List.

In an interview with the Sunday Times in 2017, the driver explained his relocation to Monaco, saying: "What people don't realise is that I pay tax here, but I don't earn all my money here.

"I race in 19 different countries, so I earn my money in 20 different places and I pay tax in several different places, and I pay a lot here as well.

"I am contributing to the country and, not only that, I help keep a team of more than 1,000 people employed. I am part of a much bigger picture."

Hamilton has also enjoyed a successful year off the track as he helped front the fight against racial inequality.

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The Mercedes man regularly showed his support for the Black Lives Matter movement after the death of George Floyd in America.

Sitting in as guest editor on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Boxing Day, Hamilton told Professor David Olusoga: "I had this extra drive in me this year to get to the end of those races.

"It was a different drive than what I've had in me in the past, to get to the end of those races first so that I could utilise that platform (for Black Lives Matter) and shine the light as bright as possible."

"There is no way that I could stay silent. And once I said that to myself, I didn't hold any fear."

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Hamilton was a formidable junior karter before making his F1 debut in 2007 with McLaren.

His maiden title was won with that team too in 2008 but he had to wait until 2014 to scoop his second drivers championship.

Hamilton was crowned champion in 2014 and 2015, before losing out to Nico Rosberg in 2016.

2020 was his fourth title in a row.

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