Hamilton looks to swerve tax with Monaco move

By on Saturday, July 9, 2011

Jul.9 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton is considering a move from Switzerland to Monaco.

The Telegraph reports that the 2008 world champion is waiting for a vacant apartment on the glamorous Principality's Avenue Princesse Grace.

The report said the 26-year-old wants a "livelier lifestyle" than the one he has in Switzerland, but another factor could be the country's new income tax laws.

The UK government will share information with its Swiss counterpart that could mean residents like Hamilton have to pay millions in backdated tax.

"I am quite happy in Switzerland but it (Monaco) is definitely an option," said the McLaren driver.

He admitted that Monaco is a "spiritual" home for F1 drivers, including his McLaren teammate Jenson Button.

"Yeah," said Hamilton, "but I wouldn't move for spiritual reasons. I love where I live in Zurich, it is a spectacular place to live and it would be hard for me to leave there."

Hamilton meanwhile returned to the British newspaper headlines on Saturday following his latest reaction to criticism of his driving style and off-track personality.

"I'll take my driving style to my deathbed, for sure," he is quoted as saying.

"People overreact to everything. You make a squeak and people overreact to it. That's the way of this world," said Hamilton, adding that F1 journalists do a lot of "yapping".


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