London:Formula One star Lewis Hamilton is quitting Britain to live in Switzerland because he has had enough of the constant intrusion into his private life.
The McLaren driver burst into the public eye this season as he just missed out on being the youngest driver to claim the world championship after finishing second behind Kimi Raikonnen.
But the 22-year-old is desperate to avoid the intense scrutiny he has been subjected to throughout his debut season.
"I've decided to move to Switzerland," he told the BBC. "You lose your ability to go to places. You really struggle to live a normal life.
"It's been a really tough year. I've not been able to spend a lot of time with my fds, my family. You come home and everyone knows you, it makes it so much harder to do normal things.
"I can't go to the cinema. I go to the bathroom in a petrol station and people come in there for autographs. It's tough but I knew that was going to be the case."
Hamilton has just had a street named after him in his home town Stevenage, but he can't wait to swap England for the anonymity of Switzerland.
"People don't come up to you. They leave you alone, they give you your space," he said.
Hamilton's meteoric rise was threatened several times by off-track controversy involving McLaren, who were fined almost 50 million pounds after the spy-gate saga.
While he believes the Formula One authorities treated his team unfairly last season, he knows they have to stay out of trouble next year.