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Lewis Hamilton joins Simon Fuller management company

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton had been without a manager for over a year

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton is to be managed by Simon Fuller, who also looks after the careers of footballer David Beckham and tennis star Andy Murray.

Hamilton had been managed by his father Anthony since childhood but the pair ended that arrangement last year.

"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," said Hamilton, 26.

"I felt Simon and his team shared my ambitions for the long term."

Hamilton has been looking for a manager to oversee his career after splitting with Anthony Hamilton , who now manages Scottish Force India driver Paul di Resta, just over a year ago.

His father was an instrumental figure in guiding Hamilton into Formula 1 and to the 2008 world title.

The two split at the beginning of last year and Hamilton has recently said that after a rocky period the two are now back on better terms.

Hamilton has now turned to Fuller's XIX Entertainment company, who also looks after the careers of Beckham, Murray, the Spice Girls and actor Sir Michael Caine.

"I spoke to many interested companies in recent months but I felt Simon Fuller along with his team not only wanted to help me become an even better racing driver, but they also shared my ambitions for the longer term," Hamilton added.

"I look forward to working with them closely."

Simon Fuller and Jennifer Lopez
Fuller (left, with Jennifer Lopez) has links with sports and entertainment

Anthony Hamilton said: "Lewis has wisely taken his time to find a good person to look after him."

Fuller added: "Lewis is 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."

After completing the fourth winter test with McLaren at the weekend, Hamilton is preparing for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on 27 March.

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