Anthony Hamilton: I forgot that Lewis paid my company €3.5 million

Anthony Hamilton with son Lewis

Anthony and Lewis Hamilton

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.”

Anthony Hamilton with Paul di Resta

Anthony Hamilton with Paul di Resta

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)

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  • ZombieF1

    Total shit

  • Hibbie

    Hard to believe anything this guy says.

  • Taskmaster

    Seems a bit insane that in the process of prosecuting a case intended to restore Anthony’s reputation, his reputation is being undone by his own admissions of lying, the dodge of claiming his company is some magic separate entity that can process 3.5M in direct payment and an additional 600K each year – without his being aware, payments from his son no less. The fact that it was proven that he lied to his own customer by a factor of 100% in the buyout deal seems pretty nasty. It appears he’s done himself serious damage with this case – that he could have avoided by simply not pressing it. This guy is a train wreck.

  • Rick

    I think this will be thrown out of court quite shortly.

  • McLarenfan

    The guy has made himself a laughing stock and PDR will end up getting compensation and his legal fees paid.

  • practical

    I used to dislike Lewis a lot but after reading this , I just feel feel bad for him , living with a crook for so long had to be very painful and a mental challenge for him ; know , I do understand why he acts the way he does .

  • StevetheGreat

    He’s a parasite. Like a black briatore. F1 is in bad enough condition already and we don’t need him.

  • jeff

    Man is a crook. And the apple don’t fall far from the tree.

  • MacStar

    clearly going to court was a bad move for him! how embarrassing!

  • Steve W

    How on earth can someone “forget” something like that?

  • Tamburello_1994

    Perjury by definition.

    Case dismissed.

  • David

    Bear in mind that Bernie “forgot” about some huge sum in his Gribkowsky dealings. Maybe there’s something in the exhaust fumes that affects fiscal memory in F1 wheeler-dealers.

  • iceman 2.0

    He lost his judgemental sense long ago after the fall out with his son. He felt betrayed and although as angry as he might be he was also heart broken. His follies most recently are his bitterness towards the young generation. He needs counselling.

  • Jack

    This article is why the facepalm was created…

    The guy says on thing then goes back and contradicts himself…

  • Dean C

    He has clearly learnt from the master, Darth Ecclestone, in the use of companies and ‘if you listened carefully to my answer to your question’ style of response..a true Paddock predator now.

  • 85

    What is it with the Hamiltons and lying?