Lewis Hamilton stars in GQ magazine

So, what has Lewis been up to Hamilton gears up for new season with garish photoshoot

Lewis Hamilton admitted he was looking forward to seeing the back of 2011 after enduring the worst season of his Formula One career.

But judging by these set of pictures, the McLaren star has made a somewhat precarious start to the New Year.

Laid back: Hamilton models for the February edition of GQ

Laid back: Hamilton models for the February edition of GQ

The long and short of it: The McLaren star is seen parading a number of left-field outfits

The long and short of it: Hamilton is seen parading a number of left-field outfits

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Hamilton, who has reportedly been
busy recording an R&B album during the off-season, modelled a number
of garish outfits for the February edition of American GQ.

Front cover: Lewis appears in the February edition of GQ

Front cover: Lewis appears in the American GQ

The 27-year-old fell short in his bid to stop Sebastian Vettel winning back-to-back world titles last season.

And judging by the length of his trousers in this photoshoot that theme is set to continue into 2012.

Apparently Hamilton is sporting the
'layering trend' – a look, we're told, that's set to take the fashion
world by storm this year.

'I love it in the States,' Hamilton is quoted as saying in the American magazine.

'The roads are big, the food is big. If it was possible to be in L.A. and still live my racing life, I would move now.'

After these set of snaps, Lewis you may have left yourself little option…

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