Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Jackie Stewart, and now Sir Lewis Hamilton.
Whatever you think of the honours system, it’s a big day for motorsport when any driver is honoured in this way.
It’s no different with the seven-time world champion and GOAT, Lewis Hamilton.
The GOAT debate in F1 is stupid because it’s entirely based on your opinion and the era of the sport you grew up in.
However, the stats don’t lie. They say Hamilton is the greatest, therefore he is.
Personally, I think that Ayrton Senna is the GOAT, many think Michael Schumacher is, and some may talk up Juan Manuel Fangio, who won five world titles in the 1950s, but any disputes can be settled with the record book.
Sure, Hamilton has been gifted with one of the best performing cars ever seen in F1, but it’s not a walk in the park to win a world championship, even when you’re dominating the sport.
Of course, Hamilton deserves the knighthood.
It’s about more than just motorsport, although that side of things is impressive.
2020 saw Hamilton bring issues surrounding racial inequality into the spotlight, helping to organise F1’s anti-racism campaign, seen before the start of every race this season.
All this during what was perhaps his most dominant season out on track.
The bloke won the British Grand Prix with his front left wheel completely shredded.
I mean, come on, if being able to pull that off isn’t a sign of greatness, I don’t know what it is.
It’s simple, really.
14 years of racing under his belt and Hamilton keeps getting better and better.
Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg are the only two of Hamilton’s teammates to ever beat him in a season. They will be the first to admit how difficult that was.
I’m no Hamilton fanboy but I witnessed true greatness in F1 this season.
A knighthood only confirms his status as a true great not just of motorsport but of sport as a whole.
And there’s still more to come.
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