LEWIS HAMILTON was spotted out and about in Beverly Hills for the first time after agreeing his £40million 10-month contract with Mercedes.
After months of talks the 36-year-old finally agreed a short-term deal to stay with the Silver Arrows.
But it means he could leave at the end of next season, one where he goes in search of an eighth world title that would move him clear of the record he currently holds with Michael Schumacher.
Hamilton was spotted cruising around California in his white Mercedes AMG-GT R Roadster complete with face mask.
He then swapped his stuff out of the £179,000 supercar into another – a Tesla to take him to the airport.
Unsurprisingly, Hamilton has enjoyed travelling in a bit of luxuruy on his US break.
He sported a white face mask before peeling away in his £140,000 2000 Porsche Taycan Turbo S at the weekend.
Hamilton has been relaxing in California as he continues his recovery from coronavirus.
The former McLaren driver tested positive less than 24 hours after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix in November.
Speaking about his new deal at Mercedes, Hamilton said: "I am excited to be heading into my ninth season with my Mercedes team-mates.
"Our team has achieved incredible things together and we look forward to building on our success even further, while continuously looking to improve, both on and off the track.
"I'm equally determined to continue the journey we started to make motorsport more diverse for future generations and I am grateful that Mercedes has been extremely supportive of my call to address this issue.
"I'm proud to say we are taking that effort further this year by launching a foundation dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the sport.
"I am inspired by all that we can build together and can't wait to get back on the track in March."
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