The Formula One ace, 36, was awarded the honour by Prince Charles at an Investiture at Windsor Castle this morning.
He was accompanied at the ceremony by his mother Carmen Larbalestier, who along with his father, Anthony, has been an enthusiastic supporter of his racing career.
Hamilton, a seven time F1 world champion, received the knighthood for services to motorsport. He joins Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jack Brabham as the fourth F1 racer to be knighted.
It comes just days after Hamilton lost out on his record-breaking eighth F1 world championship title — being pipped by Dutch driver Max Verstappen in controversial style in Abu Dhabi.
Racing driver Lewis Hamilton today received his knighthood — just days after his F1 championship heartbreak. His mother Carmen Larbalestier is pictured here to the right +12
Racing driver Lewis Hamilton today received his knighthood — just days after his F1 championship heartbreak. His mother Carmen Larbalestier is pictured here to the right
The Formula One ace, 36, was awarded the honour by Prince Charles at an Investiture at Windsor Castle this morning +12
The Formula One ace, 36, was awarded the honour by Prince Charles at an Investiture at Windsor Castle this morning
Sir Lewis Hamilton and his mother, Carmen Larbalestier, after his knighthood at an Investiture at Windsor Castle +12
Sir Lewis Hamilton and his mother, Carmen Larbalestier, after his knighthood at an Investiture at Windsor Castle
Sir Lewis Hamilton’s racing records
- Most F1 world championships: 7 — joint with Michael Schumacher
- Most wins in Formula 1: 103
- Most points in Formula 1: 4165.5
- Most consecutive race starts: 265
- Most entries with a single engine manufacturer: 288 (Mercedes)
- Most consecutive points finishes: 48
- Most pole positions: 103
- Most podium finishes: 182
- Most races finished in the points: 249
- Most consecutive race finishes: 48 (2018 British Grand Prix-2020 Bahrain Grand Prix)
- Most laps led in F1: 5396
The Mercedes driver was cruising to victory in Sunday’s race at Yas Marina — a win that would have secured him the 2021 championship — when a crash forced a safety car out onto the track.
Hamilton had held an 11 second advantage over his title rival Verstappen when the safety car was deployed to help remove Williams driver Nicolas Latifi’s smashed-up car.
Hamilton was unable to pit for fresh tyres because his Mercedes team believed the race would end under a safety car and he would have conceded his first place to Verstappen.
Red Bull were able to gamble and brought Verstappen in for a fresh set of fast soft tyres.
Hamilton had lapped several cars which sat between him and Verstappen under the safety car.
But then race director Michael Masi controversially allowed those cars to pass the safety car to line up Hamilton and Verstappen for a final lap showdown.
Verstappen, on new tyres, easily breezed past Hamilton in the final lap to clinch the race win and the championship.
While Hamilton appeared gracious in defeat, his Mercedes team were furious at Masi’s decision, and lodged protests in a bid to overturn the result.
The protests were rejected and Mercedes are now considering a further appeal, believing that Masi’s decision contravened F1 rules set out by the FIA.
The win would have made Hamilton F1’s most decorated driver. He is currently level with fellow F1 legend Michael Michael Schumacher on seven world championships.