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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he would happily accept a knighthood if it comes during the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

This comes after the Brit etched his name in the record books as the country’s most decorated racing driver when he secured his fourth world title at the Mexico Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hamilton has now bettered the success of Sir Jackie Stewart for the most world championships won by a British driver. In the overall standings, he stands alongside rival Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost in third equal.

At the beginning of 2017, tennis star Andy Murray and track legend Mo Farah were among British sportsmen to be knighted.

Murray had spoken about how he felt awkward whenever he was addressed as sir, but for Hamilton, this is a change that he would gladly embrace.

“I would be like ‘Excuse me it’s ‘Sir’,” Hamilton said with a smile.

“I’ve got friends who are Sirs, and I call them Sir. When I get a text, I’m like, ‘Yes, Sir.’ It’s very unique, so why not use it in all its beauty?

“I’ve missed the Queen since I had lunch with her when she invited me to Buckingham Palace and I’ve always wanted to go back.

“I’m trying to represent England in the best way I can and if that at some stage is recognised by the Queen, then I would be incredibly honoured.”

For now, though, Hamilton is set to unwind in Peru this week, before heading to Sao Paulo ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 12.

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