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Seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton will change his name to pay tribute to his mother Carmen Larbalestier, who announced on Monday that he is preparing for the eighth world title challenge. The 37-year-old said he would add his mother’s last name to his own – probably running as Lewis Hamilton-Larbalastier – in a move “soon”.
“My mother’s name is Larbalestier and I’m about to put that in my name,” the Mercedes driver said in an interview on stage at the Dubai Expo World’s Fair.
“I don’t fully understand the idea when people get married when a woman loses her name.
“And my mom, I really want her name to continue with the name Hamilton.”
Hamilton said he was “working” on the name change, but that it would not take place before the start of this week’s Bahrain Grand Prix season.
Larbalastier Lewis’ father, Anthony Hamilton, divorced his son when he was young, but lived with his mother until he was 12 years old.
The Briton, who won his eighth world title in controversial circumstances at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, made no commitment to his future, saying he was taking it “one day”.
But Hamilton, who took a two-month break from social media before reappearing in February, added: “I’m back to fighting for the eighth (title), that’s what I’m here for.”
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