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Lewis Hamilton: How Labour peer picked out F1 star’s tax record in knighthood call

He told Sky Sports F1: “It’s not something I asked for them to do, but it’s a beautiful thing. It doesn’t take a lot to do something like that, and it’s not changing the world, but perhaps shifting perceptions and shifting ideals. We’ll just keep going.”

He secured victory on Sunday – meaning he has now won 85 grand prix – just six short of all time leading race winner Michael Schumacher.

In 2019, several key figures suggested he should receive a knighthood, not just because of his sporting triumphs, but also his tax and charity contributions.

David Richards, chairman of Motorsport UK, and Lord Hain, the former Labour cabinet member, wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson making the case for Hamilton’s recognition in the New Year honours.

The letters to MrJohnson made the point that Hamilton’s story is inspirational: the boy from a Stevenage council house who became the first black driver in Formula One.

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