Sir Lewis Hamilton has received another reward as he was presented with the prestigious BRDC gold medal and BRDC gold star award for his success in Formula 1 racing.
Seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton has added another award to his long list of accolades after he was presented with the BRDC gold medal and gold star award at Silverstone during the launch of Mercedes 2022 car, the W13.
This comes after Sir Lewis Hamilton received his knighthood from the Prince of Wales in December 2021, when the Brit traveled to receive the honor, accompanied by his mother Carmen.
The BRDC (British Racing Drivers’ Club) has had a long-standing relationship with Lewis Hamilton. The British Racing Driver’s Club is an invitation-only, elite club for racing drivers who are well-known in their sport. To be a member of the BRDC, one must be born in the United Kingdom or the Commonwealth, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
In December 2020, the BRDC, which owns the Silverstone circuit, named the international pit straight after Lewis Hamilton calling it The Hamilton Straight as tribute to the 36-year old’s legacy in Formula 1. It came as a surprise to the champ considering that no other part of the circuit has ever been named after a driver.
Hamilton has previously won the BRDC trophy with Mercedes in 2014.
Hamilton made a return to the limelight after a two-month silence after losing out on his eighth record-breaking championship title to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen under controversial circumstances in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Michael Masi’s decisions to control the race during the Safety Car period on the last lap received a lot of criticism as the outcome seemed to favour Verstappen. Mercedes lodged a series of appeals which were rejected as the FIA later decided to look into the matter, prompting an investigation.
The Sport’s regulatory body is yet to announce its findings but Michael Masi was sacked from his Race Director role.