Lewis Hamilton has confirmed that he is no longer working with management company XIX Entertainment, with negotiations for a new contract with Mercedes set to take place under a different firm.
XIX Entertainment, owned by British businessman Simon Fuller, has been the driving force behind a number of celebrities’ careers over the past couple of decades, with clients including David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, Annie Lennox and Carrie Underwood.
In 2011, Hamilton confirmed that he would also be joining Fuller’s books, having until then always been managed by his father, Anthony.
Since leaving McLaren for Mercedes, Hamilton’s image and fame has changed dramatically, and he is in pole position to win his second F1 world title this season.
His current contract with Mercedes expires at the end of 2016, and the team has said that it has put any negotiations on hold until the end of the season once the championship is decided.
Although he is expected to sign an extension, Hamilton confirmed that talks will take place with a different management team.
“There is not really much to say. The contract expired and I am going to be doing something different,” Hamilton said.
“I don’t know what yet, but I will decide at the end of the year.”