Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Monday to reflect on Lewis Hamilton’s title success.
The 29-year-old is the fourth British driver to win multiple world championships and the first to do so since Stewart in 1971.
Hamilton is now being tipped to be knighted in the New Year Honours List but Stewart, the most decorated British F1 racer of them all with three world titles to his name, believes that would be premature.
“I remember when I got my OBE, I had already won two world championships. I was proud of it. It took me quite a long time to get a knighthood and I was more than privileged to receive that,” he said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“I don’t think titles or honours of that nature can be given too early. You have got to have a substantial achievement on your plate.
“It took Sir Stirling Moss quite a long time to get a knighthood and yet he was such a great driver. It took Charlie Chaplin until 90 to get a knighthood.
“You have got to win a lot, do a lot – it’s not just achieving one or two successes. I think it has got to be more robust than that. It should take a while.”