He may have been floating on air for much of his maiden Formula One season, but Lewis Hamilton may now be considering a 'float' of a different sort as he attempts to maximise his financial potential.

According to reports in Britain's Independent on Sunday, the 2007 world champion runner-up is pondering a listing on the London stock exchange, where stakes in a prospective Lewis Hamilton plc would not only promise good returns for investors, but also guarantee the 22-year old a lump sum income to safeguard his future.

Although poised to ink some of the most lucrative endorsement deals in the history of sport, let alone motorsport, the McLaren driver is reported to be discussing options that could see himself become a company in which he would be the main asset and remain the major shareholder, while offering a minority involvement to speculative punters.

Financial experts claims that, should he choose to list on London's AIM market, a ten per cent stake in Lewis Hamilton plc could sell for $100m, with investors earning a dividend equivalent to ten per cent of Hamilton's total future earnings.

Should he receive the income associated with such a deal, Hamilton has confirmed that he will be keeping his money safe in Switzerland, where he plans to relocate during the off-season. Although criticised for the move, which many see as tax-related, the Briton insists that media intrusion into his private life has become unbearable in the UK.



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