Lewis Hamilton has announced he has finally secured new management, signing with Simon Fuller’s XIX Management group, the same group that managed the likes of the Spice Girls as well as sports stars like David Beckham and Andy Murray.
The management of the former World Champion has been the subject of speculation for the last since following his split with his father (and manager) Anthony just before the 2010 championship season started, while recent rumours pointed to tie-ins with either Martin Brundle or Mika Häkkinen.
“It was important I took my time to make this decision as it had to be right for my career and my long-term future,” Hamilton is quoted when making this announcement.
“I spoke to many interested companies in recent months but I felt Simon Fuller along with his team at XIX Entertainment not only wanted to help me become an even better racing driver, but they also shared my ambitions for the longer term. I look forward to working with them closely.”
Fuller, who shot to prominence when he formed the world-famous girl group the Spice Girls, added: “I’ve met Lewis and his father several times in the past and kept an eye on his career closely over the years. Like any British fan I watched with pride and admiration at his achievements, incredibly winning the world championship at such a young age.
“He’s not only one of the leading sportsmen of his generation, he will I believe become one of the best of all time. It’s an honour to be partnering with Lewis in what will be a very exciting stage of his career.”
Even Lewis’ dad Anthony – who manages the career of Force India driver Paul di Resta – has given his seal of approval, and described the announcement as “great news”.
“This is great news for Lewis and for Simon. Lewis has wisely taken his time to find a good person to look after him,” Hamilton Sr said. “I met with Simon a couple of years back and he was then at the top of my list as my potential replacement. I’m happy to see that two years on Lewis has also come to his own opinion about Simon and made his own decision.”
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