Lewis Hamilton, the British Formula 1 racing driver who so narrowly threw away his chance of becoming the World Champion in his rookie year in Brazil, has declared his intention to become Swiss, it's been reported.
Hamilton, who was pipped for the title by the Finn Mika Hakkinen (or was it Jussi Jaskeleinen), has had to deal with much media pressure in the last seven days after his 'major baulk' in Interlagos.
Through a statement read out by his dad, who is to remain British, Hamilton said:
"I am fed up with all the abuse at my capitulation in Brazil. From this point on, I am going to Switzerland, and will henceforth be known as 'Swiss' Hamilton. That is all."
McClaren team boss Ron Dennis, who almost became Swiss himself two years ago, told members of the Press:
"It's not as cold as you might think, even in the Alps. And then there's all the fascinating cuckoo clocks. The lad's looking for a bit more precision in his driving."