A lifelike statue of reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton was unveiled by London's Madame Tussauds wax museum today. Unfortunately, he wasn’t on show for the statue’s unveiling as the current F1 World Champion had to fly out to Canada to see a live performance of his Pussycat Dolls singer girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger.

The McLaren driver in December underwent 300 measurements for the immortalization, which was reported to have cost nearly $230,000. His figure is complete with his full McLaren overalls and race gear, depicting him holding his helmet and gloves.

Hamilton won’t be alone at Madame Tussauds. He is joined by the likes of Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher, all already immortalized by the famous wax works museum. Other celebrities added to the museum’s list this year were Britney Spears and Barack Obama.

This is actually the second celebratory recognition of Hamilton’s rapidly growing success. Just last week the young Brit was inducted into the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.