Lewis Hamilton 'right above Wiggins and Murray' as calls for knighthood grow

LEWIS HAMILTON is "right above Bradley Wiggins and Andy Murray" in terms of sporting excellence and deserves to be recognised by a knighthood, a Labour peer demanded as calls for the Formula 1 star to be awarded the honour grow.

PUBLISHED: 11:02, Tue, Nov 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:02, Tue, Nov 17, 2020

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The 35-year-old became motor racing's greatest driver after overtaking the seemingly impossible feats of fellow Formula 1 supremo Michael Schumacher, as he notched up more wins than the German, and equalled his number of world crowns. His incredible achievements, mirrored by his burning desire to help transform perspectives of black drivers in the sport, has led to mounting demands he be honoured with a knighthood. Currently, the Government is reportedly not keen on delivering Hamilton the gong many believe he deserves as they do not want active sportsmen and women to use the title until their careers are over.

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This, it is reported, is due to the likes of Murray refusing to use the honour while he continues to compete.

Yet, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Formula 1, says it is "the right time" to knight Hamilton.

His calls were echoed by Labour Party peer Lord Peter Hain who told Express.co.uk that if the likes of Wiggins - a record-breaking British cyclist - and Murray - the first man from the UK to win Wimbledon in around 80 years - could be given a knighthood, so should Hamilton.

He said: "No one has achieved what he has achieved in Formula 1, he is peerless – no one said Murray was peerless, though he was fantastic at his peak.

Lewis Hamilton 'right above Wiggins and Murray' as calls for knighthood growLewis Hamilton 'right above Wiggins and Murray' as calls for knighthood grow (Image: GETTY)

Lewis Hamilton 'right above Wiggins and Murray' as calls for knighthood growLewis Hamilton 'right above Wiggins and Murray' as calls for knighthood grow (Image: GETTY)

"Nobody said Wiggins was peerless, he was the top. Lewis Hamilton is right above anybody in one of the most difficult sports to master."

Lord Hain serves on the same group as Sir Jeffrey, and research from their team found that despite claims otherwise, Hamilton is among the UK's 5,000 biggest taxpayers.

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