Arise, Sir Lewis! Stevenage's Hamilton knighted after F1 heartbreak

Seven-time F1 champion Sir Lewis Hamilton was knighted by the Prince of Wales today (Wednesday, December 15)

Seven-time F1 champion Sir Lewis Hamilton was knighted by the Prince of Wales today (Wednesday, December 15) - Credit: PA

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton has been knighted at Windsor Castle today for his contribution to motorsport .

Sir Lewis, who grew up in the town and attended The John Henry Newman School, was bestowed the honour by the Prince of Wales today (Wednesday, December 15).

Sir Lewis Hamilton is made a Knight Bachelor by the Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle. Picture date:

Sir Lewis Hamilton is made a Knight Bachelor by the Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle - Credit: PA

Accompanied by his mother Carmen Lockhart, the F1 driver was recognised for his contributions in the Queen's 2021 New Years Honours list, after a record-breaking 2020 - where he equalled Michael Schumacher's championships record.

Sir Lewis Hamilton with his mother Carmen Lockhart after he was made a Knight Bachelor by the Prince

Sir Lewis Hamilton with his mother Carmen Lockhart after he was made a Knight Bachelor by the Prince of Wales during a investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle - Credit: PA

The honour comes days after Hamilton was controversially beaten by Max Verstappen during the final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.

The title, should the 36-year-old have won it, would've been a record-breaking eighth title for Hamilton.

Sir Lewis Hamilton after he was made a Knight Bachelor by the Prince of Wales during a investiture c

Sir Lewis Hamilton after he was made a Knight Bachelor by the Prince of Wales during a investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle - Credit: PA

Hamilton joins three other F1 drivers who have been knighted: Jack Brabham, Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart - though Hamilton is the first to be honoured before retirement.