Arise, Sir Lewis! Hamilton will be knighted this WEDNESDAY days after controversially losing history-making title race on the last lap as he is SNUBBED from BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist
The investiture ceremony will take place just three days after the Mercedes driver lost out on a record eighth Formula One world title in controversial circumstances.
Buckingham Palace announced this morning that the ceremony would take place in two days’ time, just hours after he was omitted from the shortlist of six sporting stars for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year which takes place this Sunday.
Hamilton will become the fourth F1 driver to be recognised with a knighthood, after Sir Jackie Stewart in 2001., Sir Stirling Moss in 2000 and Sir Jack Brabham in 1979.
His knighthood was announced in the Queen’s New Year Honours last December, and comes 12 years after he was awarded an MBE in 2009 after his first world title.
Hamilton will be knighted along with Poirot actor David Suchet for services to drama and charity, and Deutsche Oper Berlin general music director Donald Runnicles. The Palace declined to say to MailOnline today who will be carrying out the ceremony.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton reacts after finishing second in the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix yesterday which saw him miss out on the world title to Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen celebrates becoming the Formula One world champion as Hamilton applauds him following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates yesterday
Lewis Hamilton will receive his knighthood this Wednesday at Windsor Castle (file picture)
Last year, 36-year-old Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s record by winning his seventh world championship. He had been going for an eighth yesterday.
Stevenage-born Hamilton, who lives in Monaco, is also the most successful F1 driver of all time in terms of most race wins, pole positions and podium finishes.
Max Verstappen clinched his maiden F1 world championship yesterday with a thrilling last-lap overtake of Hamilton yesterday during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver stormed past title rival Hamilton in the closing stages of the race, having benefited from a late safety car that bunched up the pack.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in front of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi yesterday
Hamilton is pictured after being awarded an MBE in March 2009 following his first world title
Confusion reigned as race director Michael Masi changed his mind to allow lapped cars to pass the safety car – meaning Verstappen had a clear run at Hamilton in the final lap and, on much faster tyres, made his move to claim a first F1 title.
What happened in the closing laps that saw Lewis Hamilton lose his grip on the world title?
With the field proceeding behind the safety car while the stricken Williams of Nicholas Latifi was cleared away, race director Michael Masi made the decision not to allow lapped cars to pass leader Lewis Hamilton and the pace car.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner radioed Masi saying he should change his mind and allow at least one racing lap.
Masi then changed tact, sending the quintet of cars which sat between Max Verstappen and Hamilton through to unlap themselves and leave the two title protagonists up front as the safety car peeled off with just a single lap remaining.
On newer and faster tyres, Verstappen was ready to pounce and was straight on the back of Hamilton, even before the safety car had disappeared back into the pit lane.
He would duly spring on Hamilton, flying past into turn five and – although the seven-times world champion did battle back at turn nine – that was his last chance as he saw Verstappen pull away.
As the unbelievable action unfurled on track, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff fumed at Masi over the radio for his change in decision.
The two drivers shared a fist pump as they met ahead of the podium, while Wolff lodged an unsuccessful appeal in the immediate aftermath of the race.
Mercedes immediately launched two appeals, one against Verstappen for allegedly overtaking under a safety car and a second claiming a breach of rules regarding race restarts following a safety car period – both of which were dismissed.
Hamilton’s misery was further compounded today after it emerged he missed out on being included on the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
A fellow sportsman who did make it onto the list was Tyson Fury, who claimed a second win over Deontay Wilder in October, but opposed his inclusion on the list last year and had threatened to sue the BBC if he was named this time.
Teenage tennis star Emma Raducanu is the big favourite to claim the award after her remarkable US Open triumph in New York in September.
Olympic and Paralympic stars Tom Daley, Adam Peaty and Dame Sarah Storey are also included following their performances in Tokyo this summer.
Diver Daley claimed an emotional first gold medal with Matty Lee in the synchronised 10 metres platform event before taking bronze in the individual category.
Peaty also shone in the pool, becoming the first British swimmer to retain an Olympic title in the 100 metres breaststroke, while cyclist Storey took her tally of Paralympic gold medals to 17 with three more in Tokyo.
Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling makes up the final six after starring in England’s run to the Euro 2020 final.
The BBC show will be held at Media City in Salford on Sunday without a studio audience because of concerns over rising coronavirus infections.
Last week, Mercedes cancelled their controversial sponsorship deal with Kingspan before the weekend’s world championship showdown.
The insulation firm’s branding appeared on Hamilton’s car for the first time at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix two weeks ago.
It led to a backlash from the public and politicians after it emerged that some Kingspan products were used in Grenfell Tower, where 72 people were killed in a fire four years ago.
Tyson Fury is included on the list of nominees for Sports Personality of the Year, despite threatening the BBC with legal action
Emma Raducanu is the heavy favourite to win the award after her shock US Open triumph
Raheem Sterling’s goals were crucial for England as they made it to the final of Euro 2020
Dame Sarah Storey continued her Paralympic success with three gold medals at Tokyo 2020
Adam Peaty (left) and Tom Daley (right) are both nominated after winning gold at Tokyo 2020
Team principal Toto Wolff apologised to the Grenfell Survivors group and other bereaved relatives before last weekend’s Grand Prix for any distress caused.
The 36-year-old attempted to distance himself from the sponsorship deal earlier this month, saying ‘it is really nothing to do with me.’
Wolff is understood to have spoken to several members of the Grenfell Survivors Group last week and re-iterated his apology.
Mercedes also came under considerable political pressure to act, with Communities Secretary Michael Gove urging them to think again last week.