August 14, 2022

Hamilton was speaking at the 2022 Dubai Expo

Lewis Hamilton has announced that he is changing his name.

The Formula 1 driver, speaking at the 2022 Dubai Expo, said: “I’m 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.”

When the 37-year-old was asked whether the change would come into effect in time for the first race of the season in Bahrain this weekend, he replied: “It will be soon. No, I don’t know if it will be this weekend. But we’re working on it.”

Following the controversial ending to last season, it was unclear whether Hamilton would return to Formula 1 this season.

However, the Brit confirmed he would be back and will begin his hunt to reclaim the F1 title this weekend after Max Verstappen won his maiden title in the dying seconds of last season.

The Dutchman raced past Mercedes’ rival Hamilton on the last lap at the Yas Marina Circuit at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December.

Verstappen benefitted from a late safety car that bunched up the pack after Nicholas Latifi crashed into the barriers.

More to follow…

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