As boring as it can be for us fans, the off-season is a chance for drivers to get up to the things they really want to do without having to worry about travelling to and from races, or performing less-than-interesting sponsor and media duties. For instance, Valtteri Bottas did a spot of rallying and Charles Leclerc went skydiving (apparently without telling Ferrari).

Hamilton’s idea of a good time is to live out a dream of being in an action film and so he spent a day learning how to use a handgun – apparently as part of his training for an upcoming role.

It’s either that or the Mercedes factory has a massive Nerf battle planned for a couple of weeks and he wants to get a leg up on the competition.