Lewis Hamilton has eclipsed Sir Jackie Stewart’s record following the Mexican Grand Prix over the weekend, taking the world championship title for the fourth time.
An achievement that is unprecedented for a British driver.
Stewart, nicknamed ‘The flying Scot’, won three world titles in (1969, 1971, 1973) in a career which spanned eight years whilst driving for BRM, Matra, March, and Tyrrell respectively.
In 1971, the 78-year-old received an OBE, and that was followed up by a knighthood in 2001 – something Stewart believes will now be bestowed upon Lewis Hamilton.
“Her Majesty the Queen is the greatest woman I have ever met in the world. I never felt overlooked before I received my knighthood. Actually, I didn't feel I deserved it. I hope Lewis feels the same,” the 78-year-old said.
“When it came, it was a surprise and a delight.
“There was a period when knighthoods were given out too spontaneously.
“For now, Lewis should take the trophies, the money, and the public recognition that comes with success, and be proud of that.
“He has not achieved that on his own.”
Continuing in that vein, the Flying Scot said there are many who helped Hamilton’s career over the years, such as Ron Dennis – the former McLaren boss who sponsored Hamilton when he was just starting out in his career.
The 78-year-old also name checked Stirling Moss as someone who had to wait a while before he was honoured.
“For example, Ron Dennis (the former McLaren boss who sponsored Hamilton's young career) has not been knighted and without him there may not have been a Lewis.
“Stirling Moss had to wait 40 years after retiring to receive his. I don't think he had any regrets during all that time about not having one.
“It is wonderful he has it now and he justly deserves it. Graham Hill did not have a knighthood. Jim Clark did not get one.
“So I don't think anyone should expect it just because he is a good sportsman and has won a few sports events.
“I like to think it goes much deeper than that.”