Calls for ‘Sir Lewis’ stall as seven-time world champion Hamilton faces wait over knighthood with  Government now reluctant to honour active sportsmen with Sir Andy Murray declining to use title

Lewis Hamilton faces a possible wait to be handed a knighthood because of a new-found Government reluctance to honour active sportsmen. Sportsmail understands there has been a change of outlook among those who bestow honours, partly because Sir Andy Murray generally declines to call himself by his title. Highest ranks of motor racing are campaigning for Lewis Hamilton to receive a knighthood. Noting that contemporaries such as Murray, Sir Alastair Cook and Sir Mo Farah have been honoured, the fight for Hamilton’s elevation from an MBE, awarded 12 years ago, to a knighthood is being fronted by the most important figure in British racing — Motorsport UK chairman David Richards. Two-time Wimbledon champion Sir Andy Murray generally declines to call himself by his title. ‘It is not just about Hamilton being a supreme racing driver but for all the other work he does, not least for the business of motor sport.’.

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