Quite unbelievably, Lewis Hamilton is going to have a street named after him in his home town of Stevenage. The Borough Council have decided that Lewis is a role model and someone to look up to. His record-breaking debut year in Formula One has, according to the Council, put Stevenage on the map. The street will be positioned in a new city-centre development, although it is still unknown if Hamilton will purchase a property on the street.
The success of Lewis has given everyone in Stevenage a real boost. Everyone in the town is enormously proud of the fact that Lewis comes from Stevenage. In particular, our young people see him as a role model and his achievements have definitely raised their aspiration levels. He has really helped to put the town on the map.
Councilor Sharon Taylor.
Also available to walk down are:
And actually named after British drivers:
- Mike Hawthorn Drive (Mike lived in Farnham prior to his death in 1959)
- Jim Clark Drive (Jim came from The Scottish Borders)
- Graham Hill
- Stewart Drive
- Coulthard Close
And I’m not going to name any more around the Silverstone circuit. Needless to say, there’s a fair few Laudas, Surtees, Campbells and Sennas.
Update: And 24 hours later, Lewis Hamilton decides to move away from the UK and instead live in Switzerland. Following Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, the McLaren driver will up sticks and live in relative peace in the home of watches and chocolate.
Until recently, Motorsport was banned in Switzerland and many drivers saved a lot of money declaring themselves unemployed as ‘Racing Driver’ wasn’t an option the form. Although the ban has been (or is in the process of being) lifted, I’m sure the decision wasn’t necessarily about money and more to do with the quality of life for Hamilton, which will surely improve. Via BBC.