Lewis Hamilton doesn’t think his sixth Formula One world championship will be enough to land him with a knighthood.

Hamilton starts his title parade from third on the grid in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen lines up on pole position after pushing out Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by 0.123 seconds in Interlagos.

Hamilton wrapped up his fifth championship in six remarkable seasons at the US Grand Prix a fortnight ago, moving to within just one triumph of the great Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles.

Former Labour cabinet minister Lord Hain has written to Downing Street calling for Hamilton to be rewarded with an upgrade on the MBE he received after he won his first championship in 2008 ironically in Brazil as a McLaren driver in dramatic style with even his team mates not realising he had won the race as Lewis nicked a spot on the last turn whilst Brazilian Masa crossed the line thinking he was World Champion.

Hamilton’s British sporting contemporaries Andy Murray, the three-time Grand Slam champion, and Mo Farah, who won double Olympic gold at the 2012 and 2016 Games, have both been knighted in recent times.

Our Euro Weekly News contact in today’s pit lane ( Sports Agent Paul Mohammed) told us Lewis said the following when asked by reporters huddled in the Mercedes press office after qualifying.

 “I don’t think it is going to happen.

“But that doesn’t bother me. It doesn’t mean I am not British and I will continue to try and raise the flag as well as I can.

“Just the fact that people have mentioned it, is an honour, but I have not spent my life chasing it. It is just not something you grow up thinking of.

“But if it did happen I don’t know how I would handle it. I have stood in front of Her Majesty the Queen before and it was incredible. She really is awesome.”