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Lewis Hamilton shows his appreciation for 16th century composer George Frideric Handel

Too Hot For Trade! Lewis Hamilton shows his appreciation for 18th century composer George Frideric as the eccentric F1 ace makes another bold fashion statement

His questionable style statements have arguably attracted as much attention as his performance on the grid, but Lewis Hamilton had another surprise in store when he ventured out on Wednesday afternoon.

The fashion-forward Formula 1 ace revealed a hitherto unknown appreciation for classical music, particularly the symphonies of famed 18th-century Baroque composer George Frideric Handel, while dining out in West Hollywood.

Happy-go-lucky Lewis, 37, wore a striking oversized orange T-shirt with an image of the iconic German-British composer, famous for his melodious operas, oratorios and organ concertos.

Surprise: Lewis Hamilton revealed a hitherto unknown appreciation for classical music, in particular George Frideric Handel, at a dinner in West Hollywood on Wednesday

Surprise: Lewis Hamilton revealed a hitherto unknown appreciation for classical music, in particular George Frideric Handel, at a dinner in West Hollywood on Wednesday

The Mercedes driver, who has previously tried to sing with mixed results, added to his look with baggy, loose-fitting jeans and high-top Nike sneakers.

As the temperatures in Southern California steadily rose, he rounded out his ensemble with a lilac bucket hat as he left popular Italian restaurant Cecconi’s with a doggy bag.

Lewis was clearly making the most of his time off the track, giving spectators a beaming smile as he walked to a waiting car with the carry-out.

Hitting the right notes: Happy-go-lucky Lewis, 37, wore a distinctive oversized orange T-shirt with an image of the iconic German-British composer

Hitting the right notes: Happy-go-lucky Lewis, 37, wore a distinctive oversized orange T-shirt with an image of the iconic German-British composer

Going His Own Way: Hamilton's questionable style statements have arguably generated as much attention as his performance on the grid (seen here at last week's Canadian Grand Prix)

Going His Own Way: Hamilton’s questionable style statements have arguably generated as much attention as his performance on the grid (seen here at last week’s Canadian Grand Prix)

German-born Handel was best known for his orchestral Water Music and Music For The Royal Fireworks, while his anthem Zadok The Priest has been performed at every royal coronation since 1727.

The composer became a naturalized British subject the year of his first performance and died in London in 1759 at the age of 74.

While Hamilton’s talent is typically reserved for the track, he is urged to retire as the seven-time champion continues to struggle behind the new generation of drivers this season.

Opinion: F1 driver has been urged to retire as seven-time champion continues to struggle behind new generation drivers this season

Opinion: F1 driver has been urged to retire as seven-time champion continues to struggle behind new generation drivers this season

Struggle: The Mercedes driver has not won any of his last 10 races - equaling the longest run of his career - and is 98 points behind last year's title rival Max Verstappen of Red Bull

Struggle: The Mercedes driver has not won any of his last 10 races – equaling the longest run of his career – and is 98 points behind last year’s title rival Max Verstappen of Red Bull

Hamilton is nine races in the drivers’ standings, which would be the worst result of his 16-season F1 career.

The Mercedes driver has not won any of his last 10 races – equaling the longest run of his career – and is 98 points behind last year’s title rival Max Verstappen of Red Bull.

And three-time champion Sir Jackie Stewart admitted he thinks it’s time for Hamilton to pursue his various other interests.

‘It’s time for him to resign,’ said Stewart, 83. ‘He’s got music, he’s got culture, he likes clothes and the rag trade would definitely suit him.

“I’m sure he will be very successful because he’s made a huge amount of money – rightly so, because he’s been the best of his time.”

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