Sir Jackie Stewart has said Formula One’s new four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton should not ‘expect’ a knighthood for winning ‘a few sports events’.
Hamilton, who eclipsed Stewart’s joint British record of three titles at last Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix, has been widely tipped to become only the fourth F1 driver to be made a Sir, alongside Jack Brabham, Stirling Moss and Stewart.
But the Scot, who had to wait nearly 30 years after retirement to receive his knighthood in 2001, said: ‘Her Majesty the Queen is the greatest woman I have ever met in the world. I never felt overlooked before I received my knighthood. Actually, I didn’t feel I deserved it. I hope Lewis feels the same.
Despite finishing ninth, Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth world championship in Mexico
Fans flock to greet Hamilton, who stands on top of his Mercedes car after sealing glory
‘When it came, it was a surprise and a delight.’
Stewart, 78, does not have any meaningful relationship with Hamilton, though he conceded that the younger Brit, 32, is ‘undoubtedly in that group of the best drivers ever’.
He added: ‘There was a period when knighthoods were given out too spontaneously. For now, Lewis should take the trophies, the money and the public recognition that comes with success, and be