Lewis Hamilton reveals that 13 years after he left for the tax havens of Switzerland and Monaco, he "missed" life in England when he spoke of his love for "trees and land" and British "pride".
- Lewis Hamilton left his home country in 2007 and moved to Switzerland
- In 2012 he moved to Monaco and said he found life in Switzerland too quiet
- Hamilton, 35, pays taxes in the UK despite having now lived in two tax havens
- His F1 success this season has made him the favorite to win the BBC's SPOTY
Lewis Hamilton has discovered how much he misses living in England after living abroad in two tax havens for more than 13 years.
In 2007, Hamilton left for Switzerland and said he was protecting his privacy by moving to another country.
He admitted that the tax breaks – incredibly low sums of money – were also positive, adding, "It definitely helps."
In 2012 he traveled to Monaco again and said he was bored in Switzerland and Monaco offered him more social life.
Today he was in a pensive mood as he went on social media to reflect on life back home.
Lewis Hamilton sits back in a luxury private jet that waits on the tarmac before takeoff
Neymar, Barbara Palvin and Lewis Hamilton at the LOVE Magazine Party during Fashion Week
Lewis Hamilton has shown how much he misses England after living abroad since 2007
Winnie Harlow and Lewis Hamilton arrive at Laylow Nightclub in London last December
Hamilton posted on Instagram on Wednesday how much he misses his home country
"This year I've missed England more than any other year since I've lived abroad," wrote Hamilton.
“I never miss the cold or gray skies, but the landscape, the trees, the cars driving on the right side of the road, lol the little villages I've driven through and Buckingham Palace, which I've always lived in wanted (kidding, that's a line from the movie cool races).
“Anyway, I am so proud to fly the British flag and I am so grateful to those who support me. The greatest honor an athlete receives is to fly his nation's flag. I will do this for as long as I can. & # 39;
Both Switzerland and Monaco are tax havens, but Hamilton is also among the UK's 5,000 largest taxpayers.
"What people don't notice is that I pay taxes here, but not all my money here," he once told Sunday Times Style magazine.
Lewis Hamilton celebrated the 93rd victory of his career at the 93rd Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday
Hamilton has lived in two tax havens since leaving the UK in 2007 but has previously spoken about how he handles his finances when making money in many different countries
Hamilton introduced himself in 2008, a year after leaving England and moving to Switzerland
“I race in 19 different countries, earn my living in 20 different places and pay taxes in different places. I pay a lot here too.
“I contribute to the country and not only help to employ a team of more than 1,000 people. I am part of a much bigger picture. & # 39;
Earlier this year, Hamilton's net worth was an estimated £ 224 million, according to The Sunday Times Rich List. He was the front runner in the sports championship.
The 35-year-old is about to win the seventh world title on November 15 at the Turkish Grand Prix.
Hamilton is thriving on the track and has surpassed Michael Schumacher's 91 race victories
Hamilton is also close to claiming Schumacher's seven world titles this season
Hamilton has to finish ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to claim victory and with a seventh title he would hit Michael Schumacher's record. He recently broke the legendary Schumacher record of 91 Formula 1 victories.
His success this season has made him a favorite to be named Sports Personality of the Year by the BBC.
Sportsmail It was announced last month that despite his riveting free school lunch campaign, Marcus Rashford will be overlooked on the shortlist as candidates have to be nominated based on athletic performance.
But last Sunday, Hamilton dropped a bomb, suggesting he could leave Formula One by saying, "I would love to be here next year, but there is no guarantee that it will. There's a lot that excites me about the afterlife of F1, so time will tell. & # 39;
It's doubtful that Hamilton is serious about retiring. He is believed to be hopeful to land a £ 40m-a-year deal to stay with Mercedes beyond the 2020 season.
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