Arise Sir Lewis! Formula One star Hamilton to be knighted after Boris Johnson bends rules to place seven-time world champion on ‘Diplomatic and Overseas List’ to sidestep fact he’s a tax exile

Lewis Hamilton will be knighted after Boris Johnson bypassed concerns over the world champion’s tax status by placing him on the ‘Diplomatic and Overseas List’. Hamilton, who is worth more than £250million, has lived in tax exile in Monaco for a decade, having first moved from the UK to Switzerland after completing his debut season in 2007. ‘I race in 19 different countries, so I earn my money in 20 different places and I pay tax in several different places, and I pay a lot here as well. Hamilton, who was awarded the MBE in 2008 after his first world title, will become the fourth F1 driver to be knighted, following Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart. Hamilton won BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a second time last weekend. Hamilton’s push for greater diversity within F1 is coupled with his outspoken support for the Black Lives Matter movement this year. Hamilton, who was a guest editor for BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme on Boxing Day, said: ‘I had this extra drive in me this year to get to the end of those races.

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