Lewis Hamilton changes name to add “Larbalestier” RaceFans

Lewis Hamilton says he intends to change his name to incorporate his mother’s surname, Larbalestier.

Speaking to an audience at Expo 2020 Dubai, Hamilton confirmed he was working on changing his surname to recognize his birth mother, Carmen Larbalestier. She separated from her father Anthony Hamilton when the future world champion was two years old.

Hamilton revealed the planned switch as he discussed his eagerness to win an eighth world championship that narrowly eluded him at the end of last year.

“It would mean the world to my family,” Hamilton said. “It would mean a lot to me to know that, for example, I’m really proud of my family name, Hamilton.

“In fact, none of you may know that my mother’s name is Larbalestier and I’m about to put that in my name.

“Because I don’t quite understand the idea that when people get married, the woman loses her name. And my mother, I really want her name to carry on [along] with the name Hamilton.

When asked when he intended to make the switch, Hamilton replied: “Hopefully soon, I don’t know if it will be this weekend, but we are working on it.”

Winning an eighth world championship, which would break the record set by Michael Schumacher, “would be mind-blowing,” Hamilton said.

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“I know it would mean so much to all of us who go through all these different emotions throughout the year, those of you who are on the road with me, whether you’re at home or on the racetrack. “

Hamilton also opened up about his relationship with his father, who he described as a “tough parent” when he was younger.

“When I first won a Grand Prix in 2007, I remember looking down and seeing my dad smiling at me and that was really, really deep for me because he was a very, very tough parent.

“Not particularly the most loving because he felt like he always had to be that solid rock. But in that moment I knew I made him proud.

He said he went through a “difficult period” after his controversial championship defeat in Abu Dhabi, following which he made no public comment for more than two months.

“I had to unplug,” he said. “Just so you know if any of you want to do this, just logging out of social media is a very, very good thing. I missed everyone following and supporting, but I really had need time to really refocus, refocus.

“I was with my family, trying to be the best uncle I could be and making memories in rebuilding the family and I came back to fight.”

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