Hamilton not rushing to appoint new manager

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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 today.

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.

After starting 18th and last on the grid in a woeful McLaren, he proceeded to drive brilliantly to a fourth-placed finish.

Immediately afterwards Hamilton was promoted to third after Jarno Trulli, then with Toyota, was penalised for passing him under the safety car.

However, Hamilton was ultimately disqualified after the stewards decided he and McLaren had provided misleading evidence relating to the incident.

His father's intervention in speaking to then FIA president Max Mosley resulted in Hamilton issuing a humble apology in front of the media at the Sepang circuit press centre in Malaysia a few days later.

Older and wiser, Hamilton now views the furore as nothing more than part of life's often steep learning curve.

"I've always had great experiences here and so I don't look at last year's experience as a bad one," remarked Hamilton.

"I look at it as a stepping stone in my life, something I learned a whole lot from.

"Every time I've come here, my first year in Melbourne I got a podium position in my first grand prix, and then in 2008 I came here and I won.

"Last year, don't forget I had a great race. I came from dead last on the grid up to fourth place. So it was still a good experience.

"But 2009 was a tough year altogether. I learned a lot throughout about team building and lifting up the team.

"The team does so much, but at the end of the day I'm the one who has to jump in and get the results for them."

Asked if those memories of a year ago soured his previous success, Hamilton replied: "Not at all.

"Being a racer you're always looking forward. When you're in a race car travelling at 200mph you have to look far, far forward.

"I approach my life day by day. We are in the fast lane. It goes by fast and you have to be ready for what is coming up, not what has happened in the past."

It is part of the reason why Hamilton has his sights set on success this weekend, not on what happened in Bahrain 10 days ago when he finished third behind a Ferrari one-two.

Hamilton and team-mate Jenson Button are both expecting their car to be far more competitive in Melbourne.

So it is no surprise to hear Hamilton's clear objective on Sunday is victory, adding: "We will be looking at winning rather than coming third.

"Bit by bit we will look at improving and growing with the car. We've learned a lot from the first race and we can bring that here to Melbourne."