April 13, 2024

Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time Formula One world champion, will be knighted in 2021.
Christian Horner, CEO of Red Bull, has come one step closer to becoming knighted after being named in the New Year’s Honours list. Horner is poised to get a CBE for his contributions to motorsport and is now one step away from being knighted.
The 50-year-old would be knighted alongside Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton. Several other Formula One characters have also received the honor. Express Sport takes a look at those who have been knighted by the British Royal Family.

Lewis Hamilton: Seven-time world champion Hamilton is the only F1 driver to be knighted while still competing in the sport. The 38-year-old was knighted in the 2021 New Year’s Honours list, just days after controversially losing the world title to Max Verstappen.


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Hamilton could have been knighted having become the most decorated driver in F1 history. Instead, he remains on seven titles alongside the legendary Michael Schumacher.

Jack Brabham: The late Australian driver Brabham was knighted in 1979 for his services to motorsport. Brabham, who died in 2014 aged 88, won three world championships during a career that spanned 15 years.

Brabham became a Knight Bachelor nine years after his retirement in 1970.

Stirling Moss: Moss became a Knight Bachelor in 2000, with the then-Prince Charles knighting the Englishman as part of the New Year’s Honours list. The former Mercedes star had to wait 39 years to receive the honour after ending his career in 1961, the longest period between the end of an F1 career and a knighthood.

He is the only knighted former driver to never win a World Championship, although he did win 16 races across a 10-year career. Moss died aged 90 in April 2020.

Jackie Stewart: F1 icon Stewart was given a knighthood in 2001. The Brit, now aged 84, enjoyed a successful career that lasted nearly 20 years.

Stewart eventually retired in 1973 but it took 28 years for him to be knighted, becoming the third former driver to receive the honour. Scotland-born Stewart won three world championships – in 1969, 1971 and 1973.

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