Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

Seven time world champion Lewis Hamilton is currently locked in a contract stand off with Mercedes, after his £40million-a-year deal with his Formula One team expire at the end of December and Hamilton appeared keen to distract himself from the ongoing drama on Friday, when he was spotted jewellery shopping at Beverly Hills’ XIV Karats Ltd.

The racecar driver, 36, departed his spending spree in style, exiting the upscale establishment sporting a neck full of blinding bling as he drove off in his £140,000 2000 Porsche Taycan Turbo S.

Sources tell MailOnline that the Hertfordshire-native spent more than three hours in the tony jewellery store, located just a stone’s throw away from the famed Rodeo Drive.

He stepped out in casually cool style for the solo excursion, sporting a cream sweater emblazoned with the word ‘optimism’, which he teamed with a pair of matching jogging bottoms and box fresh white Jordans.

Adhering by COVID-19 safety protocols, he wore a white face mask, while he shielded his eyes from the Southern California sunshine with a pair of stylish shades.

Lewis’ spending spree comes amid reports he’s been locked in a contract stand off with Mercedes as both sides struggle to settle on a new deal.

Mercedes has just a month to tie him down and the length of a new deal appears to be the sticking point with the Silver Arrows only willing to offer him a one-year deal.

It would be a PR disaster to at least not have Lewis on board by March 2 to help unveil Mercedes’ new car they hope can lead them to double world championship glory for the eighth season in a row.

Meanwhile, the star’s social life has been under the spotlight over the past week, after American model Grace Lindley was spotted leaving his Beverly Hills hotel cabana on Monday morning.

Grace was seen emerging from the same cabana as Lewis, moments before the star sheepishly made his way towards his parked Mercedes at around 9.30am.

Hamilton is relaxing in California after testing positive for COVID-19 less than 24-hours after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix on November 29th. He has since made a full recovery.

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