Anthony Hamilton, the father and former manager of current Mercedes driver Lewis, has revealed his son never paid him for the work the pair did together as he arrived in F1.
The revelation came as part of a case Hamilton Snr. brought against another driver he formally managed, Scot Paul di Resta, who he is currently suing for wrongful dismissal and loss of earnings.
At the trial in London, Anthony revealed Lewis had never paid him while he was managing the career of his son during the period which saw Hamilton burst onto the F1 scene and win the 2008 world title.
“I never asked Lewis for a penny,” Anthony Hamilton told the court.
“When he won the world championship in 2008, he thanked me and that was all I needed for 18 years of graft.”
Hamilton Snr., who earned his money through an IT company and has a mortgage also revealed the reason why the father and son partnership ended in 2010, according to Anthony, Lewis told him: ”You know what dad, I am fed up listening to you”.
Following his 2008 triumph Hamilton Jnr. had promised to give his father a cash gift for his work, believed to be in the region of $4m.
“Maybe he was feeling guilty and wanted to say thank you to everybody,” Anthony said.
However as the pair’s relationship fell apart to the point they were not even on speaking terms, Lewis changed his mind.
Asked why Hamiton Snr. replied: ”I don’t have the answer to that. It just never happened. I am comfortable with it. It’s not my business.
“If he says he’s going to do something and he doesn’t that’s his loss. It’s not my place to go money-grabbing.”
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