Lewis Hamilton wasn't joking about his desire to launch a music career. The Formula 1 racing champ has been pictured hanging out with pop star Jess Glynne after weeks of sharing snippets of his songs on social media.
Shared on his Snapchat, the selfie shows Hamilton, 30, posing with the Don't Be So Hard On Yourself singer alongside the caption: "Hanging in the studio w/ my homie Jess Glynne." Alongside her own image on Instagram, Glynne wrote: "Grand Prix! Go Go Go!!!@lewishamilton good luck my friend!"
It is not known if the racing driver was recording music with Glynne, 26, or if he was simply visiting the pop star during her own studio session. Hamilton has certainly picked the right pop star to help launch his music career as Glynne is a regular chart-topper. The singer has scored a total of five number one singles, collaborated with the likes of Tinie Tempah and saw her debut album I Laugh When I Cry top the UK charts in August 2015.
Although his racing career keeps him busy, Hamilton has always filled his free time with music. In 2012, British r'n'b singer Angel revealed he had been writing songs for the driver, telling The Sun: "I've been doing a lot of writing for different people. The last couple of days I've been working with Lewis. He's doing his thing right now."
A source also told the newspaper at the time: "Lewis uses the studio as a way of letting off steam away from the track. He's very passionate about music and wants his work to be of good quality. He's got the cash so why not? His management will start to worry if his dedication to music takes precedence over F1. But he has no intention of becoming a popstar."
In December 2015, Hamilton shared his creativity with the world during an interview with CBS 60 Minutes Overtime, where he played his songs, J'Adore and Lookin' At You. He told the reporter: "Music's been a huge passion of mine since I was really young, I started playing guitar when I was 13. In here [the studio], I can be me. I can be vulnerable. I can show a side of me that people don't get to see." The racer has barely been out of the studio in recent weeks, regularly sharing snippets of his music on Instagram.
Interest in Hamilton as a musician may have spread Stateside with reports in 2015 claiming that music mogul Jay Z was keen to sign the athlete to his Roc Nation label. An insider told The Sun: "Lewis has been talking to a few music industry figures about his music, including Jay Z's Roc Nation team. It's early days but it looks more and more likely that he will release some of the songs. Lewis spends a lot of time in the studio, works with big name collaborators and takes it all seriously. Formula One is still his number one priority but don't be surprised if Lewis tries for a pop career, too."