Silverstone renames pit straight after Lewis Hamilton in honour of the seven-time Formula One champion… with the Briton the first EVER driver to have part of the legendary circuit that hosts the British Grand Prix named after him
- Lewis Hamilton won his seventh Formula One championship this season
- He also broke several records including Michael Schumacher’s 91 victories
- Silverstone will rename the pits straight after the seven-time champion
- It is the first time a part of the track has been named after a driver
Silverstone will rename its International Pits Straight after seven-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, the home of the British Grand Prix announced on Saturday.
Hamilton this year became the most successful Formula One driver of all time after beating Michael Schumacher’s wins record and equalling the retired Ferrari great’s seven championships.
Silverstone said in a statement that the stretch of track, flanked by the Wing building, would become Hamilton Straight.
Lewis Hamilton will have the pits straight named after him at Silverstone to honour his success
The pits straight will be renamed the Hamilton straight after he won his seventh F1 world title
Hamilton is Britain and the sport’s most successful driver after a record breaking season
“It is the first time in Silverstone’s history that a part of the circuit has been named after any individual,” said British Racing Drivers’ Club president David Coulthard in a statement ahead of the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“Lewis has become a huge part of this history and the directors of the Club and I felt there was no better way to mark this than to rename the iconic pits straight in recognition of his record-breaking achievements.”
Hamilton has won his home grand prix seven times.