Released: 15:43 GMT, 26 October 2020 | Updated: 16:03 GMT, 26 October 2020
David Coulthard has questioned why Lewis Hamilton wasn’t knighted like other sports stars after his record win in Portugal on Sunday.
Hamilton took his 92nd victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix by a margin of 25 seconds, beating Michael Schumacher’s record for most Formula 1 racing victories.
Despite all of his successes over the years, he has yet to earn a knighthood like other British stars, including Andy Murray, who was knighted in 2016 for his services to tennis and charity.
Lewis Hamilton deserves to be knighted like other sports stars, said David Coulthard
Coulthard asked why the record driver had not yet received a knighthood
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whether Hamilton deserves the same recognition, Coulthard said: ‘100 percent. I don’t understand why there were so many world championships in his career (he wasn’t knighted).
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‘He is a global ambassador for the UK.
‘We have a real world championship in Formula 1. We have Lewis there proudly holding the Union Jack over his head. Everywhere and every time he has the opportunity to do so.
Hamilton won his 92nd race at the Portuguese Grand Prix to surpass Michael Schumacher
“Does anyone know a reason why – did they do something that would make them unacceptable under current regulations, to knight them?
“Because I think he deserves it more than some others.”
Despite all his triumphs, Hamilton has often divided opinions and was not universally loved like tennis hero Murray. Critics accused him of averting his eyes from the racetrack after immersing himself in the world of celebrities.
However, the driver has used his social media platforms to raise awareness of major causes and has commented on various topics including Black Lives Matter and the Environment.
He urged his fellow riders to join one knee before every race this season. Some of his colleagues were less than interested in advocating the cause.
Hamilton has spoken out on a number of social issues, including Black Lives Matter
Hamilton then accused the reluctant handful of being involved in racism unless they spoke out and proved otherwise.
He also paid tribute to Breonna Taylor at the Tuscan Grand Prix by wearing a t-shirt calling for the arrest of the officers who killed them.
The 35-year-old faced an investigation into the “political” shirt, but the FIA later confirmed that no action would be taken.
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