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Hamilton Sr: Lewis needs more management support

Anthony Hamilton calls on Lewis Hamilton's management team to provide more support
Anthony Hamilton has claimed that his son Lewis needs more support from his new management team after another controversial F1 outing in Singapore.

The McLaren driver clashed on track with the Ferrari of Felipe Massa during qualifying for the annual night race and there was further contact while the pair diced for position shortly after making their first stops in Sunday's race.

That contact saw Massa forced to pit with a right-rear puncture, while Hamilton damaged his front wing and was also forced to make an unscheduled stop; before later being handed a drive-through penalty for the incident.

Following the race, Massa confronted Hamilton as he about to carry out a TV interview and was outspoken in his criticism of the Brit when asked about the incidents over the course of the weekend [See separate story HERE].

Hamilton's management team – the XIX Entertainment company headed by Simon Fuller – weren't present for the Singapore race and his father said they needed to do more to support the 2008 title winner.

"His management need to do more," Hamilton Sr told BBC Sport. "Look up the paddock; every driver that's got a driver manager, the manager is here [in Singapore] and in the driver's life."

Hamilton – at the race in his role as Paul di Resta's manager – added that he didn't believe the clash between his son and Massa had been anything other than a mistake.

"I don't think there was any premeditation or any other issue with it,” he said. "[Lewis] was pushing hard, trying to catch up to where he was. I think this one just caught him out.

"I think it's unfortunate that he got a drive-through for it, which is typical - he would get a drive-through wouldn't he? If you look at the replay, he locked up a brake as he turns in and just catches Massa's car.

"He didn't turn the steering wheel [and think] I'm going to hit your back wheel and give you a puncture. That wasn't what he did. I just think a little bit of common sense needs to prevail."



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Bikerguy - Unregistered

September 26, 2011 11:43 AM

Well, if you look at how he was driving when his dad was managing him he was much more controlled, driving sensibly, smart our of the car too, but still able to drive the pants off it. Look at him now and the silly mistakes are coming in, he's rather full of himself (not in a good way) etc. Makes you think that his dad really did know what was best for him, how to manage him properly (and that involved keeping out of all the celeb stuff). Lulu wasn't a fan, dumps his dad, goes after the fame and this is where it's led... If anything Lewis' actions show how well his dad managed him, even if Lulu could't see it....

Taipan

September 26, 2011 10:39 AM

Who was it that wanted to sign with Simon Fuller's mob? Oh that would be Lulu, not because he needed support or advice as a driver but because he wanted "to expand his American brand!" That pretty much sums up Hamilton, in his head he is way bigger than an F1 driver, he's an A-list celeb! Time to get back to basics Lulu, try being a decent F1 driver for a few years and forget about your dreams of being an American starlet!



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