The move left fans and pundits alike stunned – and no doubt the Brit’s family, who have been extremely close and supportive during his record-breaking F1 career, especially father Anthony, who managed his career in his early years and brother Nicolas, who races in the British Touring Car Championship.
And the latter spoke on an Instagram live to tell the story of how his brother dropped the huge bombshell.
Nicolas Hamilton reveals family phone call
During the livestream, Nicolas was speaking to his followers when someone asked him about how he found out about the shocking news – and he explained that it was just as last minute as the move itself.
“So, if anyone doesn’t know, I do public speaking, right,” he recounted.
“So I was doing a public speech actually for Coke yesterday, Coca-Cola.
“Lewis called me the night before and I was at dinner, so I said: ‘Hey bro, I’ll call you back when I can’ and then I called him later at night and he didn’t pick up and he told me that he was in bed, so I was like ‘ok, no worries.’
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