Arise Sir Lewis; F1 champion Hamilton gets his knighthood

VIDEO SHOWS: FILE FOOTAGE OF LEWIS HAMILTON

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SILVERSTONE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - FEBRUARY 14, 2020) (MERCEDES VNR - NO RESALES)

1. MERCEDES DRIVER, LEWIS HAMILTON INSPECTING CAR WITH AN ENGINEER

2. HAMILTON PUTTING ON CRASH HELMET

3. HAMILTON SITTING IN THE CAR

4. HAMILTON DRIVING OFF

5. VARIOUS OF HAMILTON DRIVING

ISTANBUL, TURKEY (FILE - NOVEMBER 15, 2020) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

6. TWO STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF HAMILTON CELEBRATING AFTER WINNING THE TURKISH GRAND PRIX WHICH SEALED HIS SEVENTH F1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TO EQUAL MICHAEL SCHUMACHER'S RECORD

SILVERSTONE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - MARCH 6, 2020) (UK POOL - ACCESS ALL)

7. VARIOUS OF HAMILTON AND FORMER DUKE OF SUSSEX, PRINCE HARRY LOOKING AT A VINTAGE SPORTS CAR DURING A TOUR AT THE OPENING OF A MOTORSPORTS MUSEUM

BERLIN, GERMANY (FEBRUARY 17, 2020) (LAUREUS - ACCESS ALL)

8. VARIOUS OF HAMILTON BEING INTRODUCED TO THE STAGE AS ONE OF THE CO-WINNERS OF THE LAUREUS WORLD SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

9. VARIOUS OF HAMILTON RECEIVING AWARD FROM FORMER ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - DECEMBER 2, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

10. VARIOUS HAMILTON ON RED CARPET AT THE BRITISH FASHION AWARDS

BERLIN, GERMANY (FILE - NOVEMBER 7, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

11. VARIOUS OF HAMILTON ON RED CARPET AT GQ GERMANY'S MEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

SILVERSTONE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - FEBRUARY 22, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

12. LEWIS HAMILTON, VALTTERI BOTTAS, TOTO WOLFF, MERCEDES MANAGING DIRECTOR, ANDY COWELL AND TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, JAMES ALLISON STANDING BEHIND CAR AT LAUNCH

13. CAR / BOTTAS, WOLFF AND HAMILTON POSING FOR PHOTOS

BRIXWORTH, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (OCTOBER 11, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

14. ROSBERG, HAMILTON AND WOLFF POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS WITH THEIR FORMULA ONE CARS AND THE 500 STAFF AT MERCEDES' HIGH PERFORMANCE POWERTRAINS FACILITY

15. LOGO ON AN ENGINE, READING: "MERCEDES AMG HIGH PERFORMANCE POWERTRAINS"

16. HAMILTON CHEERING ALONG WITH MERCEDES STAFF

17. HAMILTON, ROSBERG AND MERCEDES STAFF THROWING THE PLACARDS UP AS CONFETTI IS FIRED INTO THE AIR

18. CONFETTI IN THE AIR / ROSBERG AND LAUDA CHEERING / HAMILTON THROWING HIS PLACARD INTO THE AIR

SILVERSTONE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - FEBRUARY 23, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

19. LEWIS HAMILTON AT LAUNCH OF NEW 2017 SEASON MERCEDES F1 CAR

20. HAMILTON AND TEAM MATE VALTTERI BOTTAS SITTING ON CAR

21. MERCEDES F1 BOSS TOTO WOLFF WITH HAMILTON AND BOTTAS

22. HAMILTON POSES FOR PHOTOGRAPHS WITH MEMBERS OF MERCEDES TEAM WITH CAR

SILVERSTONE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - FEBRUARY 22, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

23. RACING DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON (SECOND FROM RIGHT), TEAM MATE VALTTERI BOTTAS (SECOND FROM LEFT), MERCEDES TEAM CEO, TOTO WOLFF (CENTRE), MANAGING DIRECTOR - MERCEDES AMG, ANDY COWELL (FAR RIGHT) AND TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, JAMES ALLISON (FAR LEFT), STANDING BEHIND CAR AT THE 2018 MODEL'S LAUNCH

24. HAMILTON SMILING FOR CAMERAS

25. BOTTAS, WOLFF AND HAMILTON STANDING BEHIND CAR

26. VARIOUS OF HAMILTON DRIVING 2018 MERCEDES CAR AROUND SILVERSTONE TRACK

BRIXWORTH, NEAR NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - NOVEMBER 13, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

27. MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON SITTING WITH TEAM

28. MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON (LEFT) AND VALTTERI BOTTAS (RIGHT) SITTING IN FRONT OF MERCEDES TEAM AND FANS

29. HAMILTON RAISES HAND IN THE AIR WITH FIVE FINGERS TO SIGNIFY MERCEDES' FIVE CONSTRUCTOR CHAMPIONSHIP WINS

30. VARIOUS OF HAMILTON BEING PHOTOGRAPHED

STORY: Seven times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was awarded a knighthood in a UK New Year's honours list published on Wednesday (December 30).

The 35-year-old this year became the most successful F1 driver of all time after equalling Ferrari great Michael Schumacher's record seven titles and beating the German's 91 race wins.

The sport's only Black driver, who grew up in social housing as the grandson of immigrants from the Caribbean, has also used his profile to campaign for diversity and speak out against racial injustice.

The Monaco resident's presence on the overseas and international list, rather than a main one with many rewarded for service to public health in a pandemic, was seen as a reflection of his tax status.

The Daily Mail newspaper said Prime Minister Boris Johnson had 'bent the rules' to get around the tax requirements for domestic awards.

The citation referred to Hamilton's sporting record and his "charitable and philanthropic contributions in the UK and overseas".

Hamilton is the fourth F1 driver to be knighted after the late Australian Jack Brabham, Stirling Moss and triple champion Jackie Stewart and the only one to have received the award while still racing.

Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, runner Mo Farah, tennis player Andy Murray and cricketers Alastair Cook have also been knighted as active sportsmen.

(Production: Tim Hart)