Lewis Hamilton considering acting career after he retires from F1

A glittering Formula One career has seen Lewis Hamilton conquer locations like Monte Carlo, Milan and Marina Bay, but the reigning world champion could make Hollywood his next conquest.

Rumours of retirement have been revived after Hamilton, 36, indicated he won’t race into his forties, despite the fact Mercedes chief Toto Wolff wants his poster boy to sign a new multi-year contract.

Hamilton has already dipped his toes into the acting pool with a brief cameo in Zoolander 2, as well as a role in Disney Pixar’s Cars franchise.

Speaking to DAZN, the joint-most successful F1 driver in history said a career in acting would appeal to him in the future: “I want to be the best. In everything I do I want to be.

"I would love to act one day. But I am very conscientious. I like to learn step by step.

"I had opportunities and I know that I need time to prepare myself. Because I want to be the best. In everything I do I want to be. To do the best I can.

"If I'm going to make a movie, I'll go to class, study, and make sure I express my emotions as I should.”

Hamilton’s current contract with Mercedes will expire at the end of the 2021 season, having run close to the end of his previous deal before penning a one-year, £40million extension in February.

The Stevenage-born star was top of the F1 standings before a seventh-place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix earlier this month saw him drop to second behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Hamilton said an acting career would be too much to juggle alongside his driving responsibilities, detailing his reading and TV interests that could help with the acting transition: "Right now I don't have time [to act], so I suppose it will be something I do when I retire. I'm trying to read more.

"I like TV a lot, but it needs its time and I'm turning to reading. The last thing I've read is 'Greenlights' by Matthew McConaughey.

"It was amazing. I know Matt and it was wonderful to have his voice reading the whole book over my head. And I just started a new book: 'The Fifth Agreement'.

"I read 'The Fourth Agreement' about two years ago and I saw that it was 'The fifth deal,' so I started it."

The former McLaren representative is currently tied with Michael Schumacher on seven world titles in F1, and another win this year would move him clear as the most decorated driver of all time.

Just four points separate him from the standings summit ahead of Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where he’ll hope to reclaim his perch after winning three of the first four races this season.

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