Lewis Hamilton maintains that he will stay in Monaco for the time being. However, his London mansion is part of his long-term plans.
In an interview, he said:
“Currently, I have no plans on changing where I live. I live in a dream place that all the other drivers live in too, in Monaco.
“I do have a home in England, which I am really excited to be finished, so when I do come to England I finally have an anchor.
“A place to call my own, rather than staying in hotels, which is never particularly enjoyable considering I do that a lot throughout the year.
“I think it is the start of something great and a place I will naturally have my family come to and maybe, in the future, have a family.”
Hamilton has been in Bahrain for pre-season testing ahead of the new Formula One season, which will also begin on March 28th in the Gulf Kingdom.
However, his Mercedes team has been plagued by reliability and handling problems, while rivals Red Bull have looked fast in practice.
“I think it is better when it doesn’t go smoothly.
“It’s better that it doesn’t go smooth now and go smooth once we get into the racing season.
“This is the perfect time for us to find the issues and have the problems. I welcome that.
“We’re a multi championship-winning team and we know how to pull together and keep our head down and focus on the job but, without doubt, it’s quite impressive to see the speed of some of the other teams.
“Red Bull are looking particularly strong. And it’s great to see McLaren, also looking strong and also Alpine, so I’m excited. That means more fun.
“[Red Bull] are going to be a different machine or animal this year, with I think, a real good, strong lineup of the two drivers and, I think, a really good car.
“You can only assume they’re going to be right there at the front at the first race and it’s going to be a great long battle with them throughout the year.”
Hamilton enters the new season in pursuit of an eighth world championship, which would break his tie with Michael Schumacher for the most in a single season.
But, as he looks for a replacement, he will do so without the assistance of his right-hand man, former racer and advisor Marc Hynes.
“Marc is one of my best friends and he is moving on to do some other great things.
“We had an amazing partnership together and I am really proud of the work we achieved.
“I am going through some restructuring now moving forwards and have some plans I am working on in the future.
“There will be someone potentially for the short term and I will figure it out as I go along,” he added.