Anthony Hamilton: I forgot that Lewis paid my company €3.5 million
9 December, 2013
The second week of the court case in which Anthony Hamilton is suing Paul di Resta for unfair dismissal and loss of earnings, after being being fired by the Formula 1 driver, resumed with contradictions again stealing the limelight as Lewis Hamilton’s father admitted that his son had paid him €3.5 million between 2007 and 2012, after last week claiming that all he had received was a “thank you”.
Hamilton senior said on Thursday, “Some of us do it so that our kids have better opportunities than we had. For the love of the child. I never asked Lewis for a penny. When he won the World Championship in 2008, he thanked me and that was all I needed for 18 years of graft.”
However on Monday he revealed in court, “I completely forgot there was a service agreement between Lewis’ company and my company [Hamilton Management Group] but I never submitted an invoice in 2007, 2008 or 2009. He paid up after we split in 2010. He still maintained to pay Hamilton Management Group half a million pounds [€600,000] a year until 2012.”
Di Resta’s counsel Paul Downes QC, accused Hamilton of giving “totally misleading” evidence the previous week.
To which Hamilton replied, “Incorrect. I personally had not been paid, but my company had been paid.”
But Downes insisted, “No. It was a false answer and there is no conceivable way you could have forgotten, I suggest to you.”
Early on in the hearings Di Resta’s counsel accused Hamilton of lies and falsifying evidence by back dating emails.
On Monday Hamilton implied that the court case could have been avoided had Di Resta apologised for his actions, “He should have been decent. Don’t start accusing people of fraudulent behaviour when you can’t prove it. A sorry would have done.”
The trial should end next week, with judgement expected around mid-January. (GP247)
Subbed by AJN.