Di Resta: I recorded Hamilton because I was trying to find out what was going on
11 December, 2013
Paul Di Resta has claimed that an F1 driver/manager association is even closer than relationships between families and even girlfriends, while the lawyer representing Anthony Hamilton has accused the Force India F1 driver of entrapping his former manager by illegally recording a phone conversation.
The allegations and counter allegations were made during the second week of the court case where Hamilton senior is suing Di Resta for wrongful dismissal and loss of earnings.
During the second day on the stand and under questioning from Charles Hollander QC, Di Resta admitted he put an ‘iPhone on record while I was on speaker phone on another phone’ and added, “I didn’t know it was illegal at the time.”
He also explained that the relationship between driver and manager “is almost closer than with your father, your girlfriend or wife” and was thus dismayed that the suspicions and “bad blood” arose in the relationship with Hamilton.
The reason Di Resta gave for taping Hamilton was that he was suspicious of wrongdoing and wanted to have on record financial figures pertaining to a possible sponsorship contract with Go Fast, an energy drinks company, which was allegedly worth over €5 million.
Di Resta believed that Hamilton was trying to make a personal profit of over €1 million, but the deal which never materialised.
A text message from Di Resta to an associate was mentioned during the proceedings, where the Scot wrote: “Don’t worry we get him.”
He was asked by Hollander, “You were trying to bring him [Hamilton] down?”
To which Di Resta responded, “Yes, if he had done what I thought he had done. I was actively trying to find out what was going on.”
Hollander: “You came to court to tell a pack of lies, making every excuse you could think of to get out of this agreement.”
Di Resta: “That’s not true.”
Louis Di Resta, Paul’s father, is due to take to the witness stand next, with the case set to continue until the end of the week, with judgement expected in mid January. (GP247)
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