Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said that Britain should feel proud to have “ambassador of the caliber of Lewis Hamilton” after the Formula One driver was awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours list.

Hamilton has been honoured with the accolade after a record-breaking year where he surpassed Michael Schumacher’s all-time win tally and equalled the German by winning a seventh world title.

Former F1 driver Damon Hill, crowned world champion in 1996, has led the plaudits for the Brit.

Hamilton was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a second time earlier this month and becomes the fourth F1 driver to be knighted.

The British driver has won six of his titles at Mercedes, who he moved to from McLaren in 2013.

“Lewis is one of the very greatest racing drivers of all time and the most successful British sportsperson of his era,” said Wolff.

“Around the world, he has long been recognised for his sporting achievement, and this year, he combined his excellence on the track with a powerful voice to fight discrimination. In every sense, he led the way in 2020.

“The news that he is to receive a knighthood shows that he is now receiving the recognition he has earned during a career of unparalleled success in motorsport.

“The UK can be very proud to have a champion and ambassador of the caliber of Sir Lewis Hamilton.”

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