Lewis Hamilton has declared that he will be changing his name in honor of his mother. The seven-time Formula One world champion revealed that he intends to use his mother Carmen Lockhart’s maiden name, Larbalestier, in his surname.
The 37-year-old revealed this on Monday at Dubai Expo 2020, ahead of the start of the new Formula One season in Bahrain next weekend.
“I am proud of my family’s name. My mum’s name is Larbalestier and I am just about to put that in my name.
“I don’t fully understand the whole idea that when people get married the woman loses her name and I want my mum’s name to continue with the Hamilton name.”
“Hopefully soon,” Hamilton said when asked when the name change will take place. It’s something we’re working on.”
Hamilton’s parents, Anthony and Carmen, divorced while he was a child. According to ESPN, his mother then remarried and acquired the surname Lockhart of her second husband.
The racing driver brought his mum to see him get his knighthood from Prince Charles at Windsor Castle in December of last year. Following his first-place result in the Russian Grand Prix, Hamilton made history by becoming the first Formula One driver to win 100 races. According to CNN, the Grenadian-British driver won first place in the exciting race’s final after passing Lando Norris.
Apart from this unprecedented achievement in September, Hamilton also rose to the top of the driver’s championship standings. His performance on the field has made him one of the most well-paid athletes in the world. With a $42 million annual wage, the Mercedes star was rated 13 on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes in 2020. His net worth is estimated to be $285 million by Celebrity Net Worth.