BRITISH former world champion Lewis Hamilton has joined global superstars David Beckham, the Spice Girls and Sir Michael Caine in signing up to be managed by showbiz mogul and Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller.
Hamilton, who is paid £10m a year by team McLaren, has agreed to be represented by Fuller’s company XIX Entertainment, which also boasts tennis player Andy Murray and actress Jennifer Lopez among its clients.
The move ends a year of uncertainty after the Stevenage driver, 26, decided he no longer wanted to be managed by his father Anthony, who guided him when he won the 2008 world championship.
“I spoke to many interested companies in recent months, but I felt Simon and his team not only wanted to help me become an even better racing driver, but they also shared my ambitions for the longer term,” said Hamilton, who dates pop star Nicole Scherzinger.
Fuller, 50, has built up an estimated £350m fortune since starting out in the music industry. He managed the Spice Girls during their peak and created the television show Pop Idol, which spawned a global franchise.