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Lewis Hamilton having blast without a manager

Lewis Hamilton is adamant he has no need for a manager at present, despite a score of people queueing up to work with one of sport's most bankable assets.

Hamilton is clearly revelling in his new-found freedom since the split from his father Anthony just over a week before the season began.

It is hard to believe Anthony would have sanctioned preparations for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix starting with a flight into Sydney from the United States that landed at 6am local time.

In contrast, many of Hamilton's rivals around Melbourne's Albert Park circuit this weekend either flew in a few days ago or direct from Bahrain following the season-opening race to ensure their bodies are in the right time zone.

Hamilton then teamed up with 10-times world champion yachtsman Iain Murray for a sail around Sydney Harbour on former America's Cup yacht Spirit on behalf of McLaren's main sponsors Vodafone.

After spending a few hours in Sydney, it was back to the airport for the 25-year-old to catch a flight to Melbourne.

All hectic stuff for the free spirit that is Hamilton these days, yet acquiring a new guiding hand appears far from his mind.

“Honestly, I have received a lot of applications, but I'm not in a hurry to decide,” remarked Hamilton on his search for a new manager

“I am with a fantastic team, with many competent people, so at the moment I have no need for a manager.”

Hamilton was certainly in need of his father a year ago following the ‘lie-gate' scandal that tarnished his image and almost led to him quitting Formula One.

It was at the end of March last year that Hamilton was caught lying to stewards following the curtain-raising 2009 race in Australia.

He finished fourth but was later disqualified and subsequently had to make a grovelling apology in Sepang.

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