Lewis Hamilton is to be knighted by The Queen in 2021 after becoming the most successful Formula 1 driver in history.
The Brit won his seventh F1 world championship this year, equalling the great Michael Schumacher’s record.
Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning a seventh F1 world titleGETTY
Hamilton, 35, equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Formula One titles in 2020 and also surpassed the German’s record number of career race wins.
The Mercedes star is already an MBE, which he was awarded in 2008 after winning his first F1 world title.
Hamilton, who devoted his season to promoting the Black Lives Matter movement for racial equality and more diversity in the sport, also ended 2020 by being crowned the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the second time.
Also included on the New Year Honour’s List ist are former footballers Jimmy Greaves and Ron Flowers, who are the last surviving members of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad to be honoured. They have been made MBEs.
Former Leeds Rhinos rugby league player Rob Burrow has been made an MBE too.
Burrow, 38, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in December last year. His MBE is in recognition of services to his sport but also to raising MND awareness during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jimmy Greaves scored 44 times across 57 appearances for England and was one of the greatest stories of his generationGetty Images – Getty
Barry Hearn, the chairman of the World Snooker Tour and the Professional Darts Corporation, has been awarded an OBE for services to sport, while the chairman of football’s National League Brian Barwick receives the same award.
Matt Hampson, who was paralysed from the neck down during a training session with the England Under-21 rugby union team in 2005, has been recognised with an OBE for services to charity through his foundation which supports others who suffer catastrophic injuries in sport.
Damian Hopley, the chief executive of the Rugby Players Association, has been made an MBE.
Three top horseracing administrators have been recognised, with Racecourse Association chairman Maggie Carver being awarded a CBE, outgoing British Horseracing Authority chief executive Nick Rust awarded an OBE and former Professional Jockeys Association chairman Nigel Payne made an MBE.
Gill Coultard, the first woman to win 100 senior England football caps, receives an MBE, as does former Wales international Alan Curtis, a former player and coach at Championship side Swansea.
Great Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup tennis captain Anne Keothavong receives an MBE for services to her sport.
John McGuinness, one of the most successful riders in the history of the Isle of Man TT motorcycle races, has been awarded an MBE.
Gymnast Rhys McClenaghan, from Newtownards in County Down, who became the first Irishman to win a world championship medal when he claimed bronze in the pommel horse in Stuttgart last year, receives the British Empire Medal.
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