Hamilton a fantastic ambassador, deserves a knighthood: Hill
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[November 23, 2020]
(Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton has
been breaking down barriers since he arrived in Formula One and
deserves a knighthood for his achievements on and off the track,
former world champion Damon Hill has said.
Hamilton, the most successful grand prix racer of all time and the
only Black driver in F1, sealed a record-equalling seventh world
title with his victory in Turkey this month, fuelling expectations
of a knighthood.
The 35-year-old Briton, who comes from an under-privileged,
multi-racial background, has used his platform to campaign for
racial equality, diversity and sustainability.
"Lewis has always been breaking down barriers, the moment he arrived
in F1 or even in karting he was breaking barriers and challenging
the status quo," the Guardian quoted Hill as saying.
"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.
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"He has destroyed the preconception that it can't be done, that
there is an area where you cannot achieve something because of the
colour of your skin. He has totally destroyed that notion."
Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham and Jackie Stewart are the other Formula
One racers to have been knighted. Hamilton was awarded an MBE in
"It is a very rare thing in our sport to get a knighthood," said
Hill, who won the world championship in 1996. "It is then also a
recognition of his stance on equality, anti-racism and environmental
"He is outspoken, he is playing his part and using his fame for
positive purposes. He is a fantastic ambassador and having a
knighthood will only increase his opportunities to do that work."
(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter
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