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Lewis Hamilton set to change his name to honour his mother

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Lewis Hamilton is set to change his name to honour his mother.

Hamilton has revealed that he is in the process of changing his name and is hopeful that the move will soon be complete.

He has raced with the surname of his father, Anthony, since the start of his career.

Now, he would like to tweak his name so his mother, Carmen Larbalestier, can see her surname live on.

Hamilton will include ‘Larbalestier’ as a middle name rather than adding it to his surname.

Speaking at the 2022 Dubai Expo, Hamilton explained how he does not understand why marriage should typically prevent a woman’s surname from continuing, while children carry the father’s name.

“It would mean the world to my family [to win an eighth title]; it would mean a lot to me knowing that, for example, I am really proud of my family’s name, Hamilton,” the Mercedes driver said.

“None of you might know that my mum’s name is Larbalestier and I am just about to put that in my name.

“I don’t fully understand the idea that when people get married the woman loses their name.”

He said he is unsure when the name will be officially ratified, but said:

“Hopefully soon, not this weekend [for the Bahrain Grand Prix], but we are working on it.”

Hamilton is currently preparing for the 2022 season, which begins at the Sakhir track in Bahrain this weekend.

The Brit has said the 2022 Mercedes car had the “potential” to do well however, he has insisted that it was “not at the top” currently.

“Next week we will get a much better showing of our pace,” said Hamilton.

“I’m not sure everyone can figure that out – we are not the quickest at the moment.

“Ferrari look to be the quickest, then perhaps Red Bull, and then maybe us or maybe McLaren, I don’t know. But we’re currently not at the top.”

Some people think that Mercedes are intentionally hiding their power, but Hamilton has dismissed this accusation:

“I think people will be surprised maybe,” he added.

“Or at least people keep talking about us talking ourselves down. But it’s a bit different this year.”

Feature Image Credit: @LewisHamilton on Twitter.

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