Lewis Hamilton left off New Year's Honours List once again despite sixth world title

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As another year comes to an end, it's time for the announcement of the New Year's Honours List, and once again Formula One fans are not impressed that Lewis Hamilton has been left out.

To say it's just F1 fans as well is probably incorrect, as it seems like a lot of people have been left scratching their heads at the fact the six-time world champion has again been overlooked in the Honours List, despite his remarkable achievements in the sport.

Hamilton is factually the second greatest Formula One driver in history, and will more than likely surpass Michael Schumacher's world title haul of seven, meaning he'll become the greatest to ever drive an F1 car.

His tally of six already makes him the greatest Brit to compete in F1, but his achievements are still going unnoticed when it comes to knighthoods and awards.

The driver from Stevenage came second in this year's Sports Personality of the Year, finishing behind cricketing hero Ben Stokes, but the all-rounder has been awarded in the New Year's Honours List, unlike Hamilton.

Back in 2008, Hamilton received an OBE for his first world championship win with McLaren, but he's been absent ever since, raising the question why he hasn't been knighted yet.

Take a look at Andy Murray for example, he's already Sir Andy Murray after winning Wimbledon twice, so surely Hamilton deserves to be a Sir as well?

This latest exclusion from the list has angered a lot of people on social media, and you can see some of the fall-out below.

It's not just fans that are baffled, however, Dave Richards, the head of British motor racing’s governing body, has also raised questions about the decision to exclude the 34-year-old from the Honours List.

“I can’t think of anyone more worthy of that recognition than Lewis,” he said, via Crash.

“It would be a major oversight if that is not recognised in the new year honours.

“Lewis is far more remarkable in that he did not come from a privileged background.

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“He and his father worked incredibly hard to get into karting and up the steps of the ladder. It was sheer hard graft, not gifted to him on a plate.

“They made huge sacrifices and that makes his achievements even more extraordinary.”

Maybe next year if/when Hamilton equals Schumacher's record he will be considered, but it's rather baffling that he hasn't already been acknowledged for what he's done for sport in Britain.

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