Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton deserves a knighthood for everything he has achieved in the sport, former racing driver David Coulthard has said.
Coulthard, who competed in 15 seasons of Formula One taking 13 Grand Prix victories and 62 podium finishes, said he is puzzled as to why the six-time Formula One World Champion has not been recognised in the form of a knighthood.
Coulthard, a runner-up in the Drivers’ World Championship for McLaren back in 2001, said he couldn’t understand why Hamilton was so many World Championships into his career and had yet to receive the recognition.
“He is a global ambassador for Britain,” Coulthard told BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast. “We’ve got a true World Championship in Formula One. We’ve got Lewis there, proudly holding the Union Jack above his head everywhere and every time he has the opportunity to do so.”
The former racing driver questioned the reason why Hamilton had not yet been knighted, asking whether he has done something that would make him not acceptable under the current regulations.
“I think he deserves it more than some others,” he added.
Coulthard’s comments come after Hamilton, a devout Catholic, surpassed Michael Schumacher’s all-time Formula One win record, taking his 92nd career victory at last weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix, with the 35-year old Mercedes driver looking set to break another of Schumacher’s records of seven Formula One World Championships.
Hamilton has previously spoken of his admiration of Schumacher, who is also a Catholic, saying he considers the German the “greatest of all time”.
Hamilton has also previously opened up about his faith, saying he believes he has God’s protection every time he steps into his care.
“Anything can happen any day, but I feel God has his hand over me,” he said.
“Every morning I have breakfast and before I eat, I pray. So, whether it’s a couple of seconds, a minute or whatever you are praying for, take that moment.
“I go with a couple of my close friends to church. We meet, we go for breakfast and then we go to church together.
“We leave most often feeling enlightened and empowered. Sometimes you leave, and you are like ‘I didn’t get that today’, but most of the time you leave and you are like. ‘Wow, I know where I am going’.”
Picture: Lewis Hamilton. (Jen_ross83).