All people can hit bumps in the road and can make mistakes that they’ll ultimately regret. Lewis Hamilton came across this problem in 2009. Prior to the 2009 Australian Grand Prix, Hamilton was disqualified for giving misleading information at the stewards hearing before the race. It’s something that Hamilton would later apologize for and learn from. It was definitely a situation that would put some doubt in his mind, as he considered leaving Formula One racing, but like all resilient people, he’d bounce back to greatness again.
MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
In 2009, Lewis Hamilton was admitted into the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. This is an order of chivalry that has multiple levels, and the MBE is the introductory level. These honours are bestowed on British nationals and Commonwealth citizens that achieving significant honours in their representation of the United Kingdom. Hamilton isn’t the first British racer to be admitted into this order. Sir Jackie Stewart was originally admitted as an Officer of the order in 1972 and was later elevated to Knighthood in 2001.