Di Resta and Hamilton make peace and settle bitter dispute out of court
11 February, 2014
Paul di Resta and Anthony Hamilton have resolved a bitter legal dispute by agreeing to an out of court settlement.
Hamilton, father of 2008 Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, brought the claim after being dismissed as manager by former Force India driver Di Resta.
The dispute centred around a multi-million euro deal with Go Fast energy drinks company, and whether some money linked to the Di Resta’s image rights ended up in a Grenada-based account run by the Hamilton family, constituting a breach of contract.
Di Resta lost his Formula 1 drive with Force India and has returned to compete in DTM for Mercedes.
The Scot told the Daily Mail, “This has been a difficult year and I am just pleased to put it behind me and to concentrate on my racing. I am looking forward to racing in DTM for Mercedes this year and to the future ahead.”
Hamilton said of the out of court decision, “I am very sorry that Paul and I fell out to the extent we did, and I am pleased to put this matter to bed.”
He added, “Paul is a very talented driver and it is a real shame that he does not have the F1 seat in 2014 that he deserves. I am sure he will do fantastically well in DTM for Mercedes, and I wish Paul the very best for the future.” (GP247)
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