Lewis Hamilton has had quite the year both on and off the track. Not only did he tie Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Formula One titles, but he also became one of the most powerful voices for diversity in sports. To round out the year, he was recently awarded knighthood. He becomes the fourth F1 driver to be knighted after two fellow Britons, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart, and Australia’s Sir Jack Brabham.

Hamilton was congratulated by Stefano Domenicali, the new CEO of F1, who praised him as a “true giant of our sport”.

“His influence is huge both in and out of a car,” he added. “What he has achieved is phenomenal with still more to come. All of us at Formula 1 congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition of his achievements and look forward to seeing more of his brilliance in 2021.”