Lewis Hamilton has been made an MBE by the Queen. From the BBC:
“It is a massive honour and incredible privilege to receive an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen,” said Hamilton.
“It is the most amazing culmination to what has been quite a year for me and something I am very appreciative of.”
“The support I have received from the UK as a whole has been fantastic and a huge motivation,” added Hamilton, who turns 24 next month and now lives in Switzerland.
“This is not just a proud moment for me, but also for my family and every single person involved with the McLaren Mercedes Formula One team.
“I am also very humbled to be included on the Honours list alongside all the members of the general public who have been recognised for their tireless work in such varied and worthwhile arenas.
“It has been an outstanding year for British sport as a whole, and it is great to see so many fellow sportsmen and women being honoured.”
Hamilton added: “I am very fortunate to have been awarded for achieving my dream.
“It has required a lot of hard work and dedication, however it has been worth every single minute and I only hope that I can inspire young kids to do the same, whatever their dream may be.”
Now before we get all up-in-arms, Ollie White and I had an exchange on Twitter and Ollie raised the question, which he quickly answered, about Damon Hill. Damon and John Surtees are both OBE’s along with Mr. Moss. No need to worry.
Let’s face it, Lewis got beat like an Al Unser Jr. girlfriend by Hoy this year in the UK for about every award there is so an MBE is a very high honor and something I am very happy he received. Lewis has done a yeoman’s job of it this year and deserves recognition…even by the Queen.