Hamilton happy to go it alone

Published: Monday 3rd November 2014 by The News Editor

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Lewis Hamilton is happy to handle his own future contract negotiations, following his split with manager Simon Fuller.

After four years Hamilton is no longer being represented by XIX Entertainment – and a man who has an array of stars on his books.

Talks with Mercedes over a new deal are currently on hold as Hamilton focuses on his fight for the Formula One world title with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

But when the season draws to a conclusion in three weeks’ time in Abu Dhabi, Mercedes will likely be keen to tie Hamilton down beyond his current agreement, which expires at the end of next year.

Without Fuller behind him, Hamilton would be left to negotiate his next multi-million pound contract on his own, for the first time in his career.

Prior to Fuller, the 29-year-old had father Anthony to oversee all his affairs whilst he simply did what was necessary on track.

There followed an ignominious split with his dad, before Hamilton ploughed a lone furrow for 10 months ahead of signing up with Fuller. However, Hamilton is now ready to go it alone.

He said: ” I’m quite comfortable doing it (contracts talks) myself.

“Nico did his himself, Sebastian (Vettel) also, and there’s no reason I couldn’t do it myself.

“Whether or not I will I haven’t decided. All I can say is I hope to see a long future with this team. Nothing needs to be changed too much.”

Hamilton is adamant there was no animosity in splitting with Fuller, just a desire to pursue a different path at this stage in his life.

Nor will he turn to his dad again either, even though they are now reconciled. He has enjoyed a decent father-son relationship recently, resulting in a more stable background to his racing.

Hamilton explained: “Me and my dad have a great relationship, he’s aware of where I am, and proud of where I am.

“I’ve also a great relationship with Simon. He’s a fantastic guy, a dear friend. That will always be the case.

“We’ve had four years together, and through this year I’ve wanted to think about what I’m going to do with my future.

“I saw some comment about how I wanted with Simon to have the high-life and fame. It’s complete rubbish. I wanted to have a good solid team around me and do something different.

“A lot of drivers (after retirement) come back and do commentary – but I personally have different plans and aspirations.

“It’s about positioning myself so when I stop I have something to continue with.

“There’s going to be an undeniable urge to get back in the car as I have been racing since I was eight years old. That’s going to be natural. It’s like a drug.

“At some stage when I retire I’ll have something I’m also really interested in that is a substitute for racing.

“That’s something I want to start working towards, so I’m not taking on a management team or anything like that.”

Hamilton will not entirely be on his own – he continues to have people he can turn to for advice if necessary, including Fuller.

He added: “Managers all do different things, and that management team was great at giving me support.

“It wasn’t particularly guiding me. Ultimately I made my own decisions. I hired them to help me make the opportunities visible.

“There are also still three people at XIX who are helping me. If I ever need anything, I’ve got such a great relationship with Simon, that he will be there for me always.”

For now, Hamilton’s only goal is securing his second world title – a dream that is drawing closer to reality following Sunday’s win in the United States.

On the back of five successive victories, a feat achieved by only six other drivers in F1 history, Hamilton now holds a 24-point advantage over Rosberg.

With double points on offer in the last race, though, even Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff suggested the season could be overshadowed by the controversial ruling.

Hamilton said: “If the points were the same for the next two races, I would feel in a much more opportunistic position.

“But I know it’s very much still open. It is what it is. There’s no point being upset about it.”

Published: Monday 3rd November 2014 by The News Editor

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