Hamilton Snr tips son to win title for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton’s father and former manager Anthony has tipped his son to win the title for Mercedes within three years.

After six years, 20 wins and a title, McLaren careerist and long-time team driver Hamilton, 27, has decided to join the famous ‘Silver Arrows’ in 2013.

“I am sure Lewis will be champion at Mercedes in three years,” father Anthony, who was sidelined as manager by his son a few years ago, told the German news agency SID. “Lewis is very happy with his move and looking forward to the new challenge,” he added, referring to speculation the British driver might already be regretting his decision due to Mercedes’ current performance slump.

At the same time, it is being said in the paddock that Mercedes should also be wary of the move, given Hamilton’s almost constant battle with controversy and personal upheaval during his F1 career.

Team boss Ross Brawn said: “All of my impressions of Lewis are as a result of the face to face meetings I’ve had with him; on everything else I can’t comment because I don’t know the details. But I don’t think he’s going to be difficult, I see a rational and intelligent person,” he told the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

“In this business, drivers can become frustrated and you need to work on your relationship. So we will learn what he needs and how to give it to him, knowing that sometimes what is needed is to be left alone. For sure he will be something different, but I am not expecting any particular problems,” added Brawn.

The Briton also insisted that F1 legend Michael Schumacher is fully supportive of Hamilton’s arrival, even though it means the German great is returning to retirement in 2013.

“The discussions with Lewis and Michael were in parallel,” said Brawn. “The first contact with Hamilton was in the winter, because we all knew that his contract with McLaren ended at the end of this year, and so did Michael.

“Michael always knew we were talking to Hamilton and he was always thinking of what is best for the team. Michael did not want us to miss out on hiring Lewis,” he said.

Asked in what ways Hamilton will be better than Schumacher, Brawn answered: “We don’t know yet. What is clear is that one of his (Hamilton’s) greatest qualities is his sheer speed. Michael is very fast and has an amazing talent. Who else can perform at that level? Clearly, Lewis.

“I’m still not sure what he is going to bring, but – whatever it is – it will be at the same level as Michael,” he added.


Anthony Hamilton suing di Resta over firing

It appears that Paul di Resta’s recent split from his manager Anthony Hamilton could be heading to the courtroom.

Newspaper The Telegraph has reported that Hamilton has filed papers in London’s High Court for wrongful termination and loss of earnings. According to papers for the defence, di Resta fired Hamilton because he claims he was misled over a sponsorship deal with an energy drinks company called ‘Go Fast’.

Scot di Resta, 26, brought the EUR 5.5 million deal to Hamilton and was told by his former manager that buying his drinks sponsorship rights from Force India would cost 2 million. Di Resta reportedly fired Hamilton after he approached the Silverstone based team himself and found that buying the rights from Force India actually cost only EUR 1m. Hamilton and di Resta would not comment.

But the row could have a wider effect, with di Resta now working with the Sports Partnership, a management firm headed by Jenson Button and his manager Richard Goddard. Button is Lewis Hamilton’s teammate at McLaren.

Journalist Tom Cary wrote: “It is thought most likely that both parties (di Resta and Anthony Hamilton) will agree to settle” before the case reaches court.


Father urges McLaren ‘loyalty’ for son Hamilton

If Lewis Hamilton’s father was still in charge, his son would be signing on the dotted line.

Anthony Hamilton, who was invited by the McLaren driver to attend the Hungarian grand prix with his wife, is no longer involved in the management of the 2008 world champion. And Hamilton snr also recently split with his other charge, Paul di Resta.

But after seeing 27-year-old Hamilton dominate at the Hungaroring with a win from pole, Anthony Hamilton sounded adamant his son should stay at McLaren.

Hamilton’s lucrative contract is running out, and comments in the media made recently by Lewis and team supremo Ron Dennis indicate negotiations over a new one are delicate.

“McLaren is where Lewis’s heart is,” Anthony said on British television Sky after the race. “What’s really important in life is loyalty. It’s not all about the money.”


Di Resta spokesman confirms Hamilton split

A spokesman for Paul di Resta has confirmed reports the Force India driver his split with his manager Anthony Hamilton.

The Telegraph had said the 26-year-old Scot and Hamilton, who also no longer manages his son Lewis Hamilton, parted “some weeks ago” for unknown reasons. A spokesman for di Resta, who is linked with a move to Mercedes for 2013 in the event Michael Schumacher returns to retirement, confirmed the split to the Scotsman and Sun newspapers, but did not elaborate on the reasons.

Grenada-born Hamilton, 56, has not commented. But the Scotsman said di Resta or Hamilton have no plans to formally announce the split.

Martin Brundle, a former grand prix driver turned lead British television commentator, tipped di Resta for a bright future.

“There is no doubt that Paul will be on the shopping list for consideration by several top and well funded teams in the future and he is unquestionably a great talent,” he said. “It’s too early to say if he’s world champion material.”


Di Resta splits with manager Hamilton

Paul di Resta has split with his manager, London’s Telegraph newspaper reports.

Anthony Hamilton, the father of 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton, also no longer manages his McLaren-driving son. Journalist Tom Cary said Force India driver di Resta’s split with Hamilton Snr “happened some weeks ago” and “was not planned”. Cary added that the “situation between the pair remains delicate”.

26-year-old di Resta, who has been linked with a move to Mercedes next year, was available for comment, as was 56-year-old Hamilton.

“The reasons for the split remain unclear,” said Cary.


Hamilton quashes new manager rumours

Lewis HamiltonRumours have surfaced this week that McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton is looking for a professional manager to handle his F1 career. The Brit, who is currently heading the drivers championship, is currently managed by his father Anthony Hamilton who was spotted chatting to F1 driver-manager Julian Jakobi at the Silverstone last weekend, and it was this conversation that appears to have kicked off the manager rumours.

However Hamilton has quickly moved to quash these rumours. When asked at Hockenheim whether it was true that he was considering employing a new manager, Hamilton replied, “It s not correct, no. I am very content with my management team.”