Lewis Hamilton has announced that his name will be changed very soon.
The 37-year-old has begun the process of adding his mother’s second name legally to his own so that he can carry on her legacy.
Speaking at the 2022 Dubai Expo ahead of the season-opener in Bahrain, the seven-time world champion explained that he wants his “mum to continue on with the Hamilton name”.
“I’m really proud of my family’s name, Hamilton,” he said.
“None of you might know that my mum’s name is Larbalestier and I am just about to put that in my name.”
Hamilton explained that his mum, Carmen Larbalestier – now Lockhart – separated from his dad Anthony Hamilton when he was two years old.
“I don’t fully understand the idea that when people get married the woman loses their name,” Hamilton said.
“I really want my mum to continue on with the Hamilton name.”
When asked when the name change could be complete, Hamilton added: “Hopefully soon, I don’t know if it will be this weekend, but we are working on it.”