MERCEDES driver Lewis Hamilton has revealed he is in the process of changing his NAME to honour his mum’s legacy.
Lewis Hamilton has revealed he is in the process of changing his name in a touching tribute to his mumCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Hamilton was joined by mum Carmen Larbalestier when he received his knighthood in DecemberCredit: PA
Lewis with his father Anthony, who introduced him to racing and bought him his first go-kart aged just sevenCredit: AP
Lewis (left) as a child with dad Anthony, his step-mum Linda and younger half-brother NicolasCredit: BBC
Though the seven-time world champion has insisted that the name change will come too soon for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
Hamilton, whose parents Anthony and Carmen divorced when he was just two, has questioned why women lose their surname after they become married.
Speaking onstage at the 2022 Dubai Expo, he said: “It would mean the world to my family [to win an eighth title].
“It would mean a lot to me knowing that, for example, I am really proud of my family’s name, Hamilton.
“Actually none of you might know that my mum’s [sur]name is Larbalestier. And I’m just about to put that in my name.
“Because I don’t really fully understand the whole idea of why, when people get married, the woman loses her name.
“I really want her name to continue on with the Hamilton name.”
Asked if the change would be in time for Sunday’s race, he added: “It will be soon.
“No, I don’t know if it will be this weekend. But we’re working on it.”
Hamilton recently stated how he fears the new Mercedes car may be too slow to deliver him another world title.
He remarked: “It is too early to have those kind of thoughts about the world championship, but at the moment I don’t think we will be competing for wins.
“We’re not the quickest at the moment.
“Ferrari look to be the quickest and perhaps Red Bull and then maybe us or McLaren – but we’re currently not at the top.
“We have far bigger challenges this time and they’re not one-week turnarounds, they’ll take a little bit longer, but from what I’m told, we have a significant amount of pace to find.”
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