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2013-12-06 10:02

SON, ABOUT THAT R41-MILLION GIFT… It has emerged in court that Lewis Hamilton never paid his father and former manager Anthony. Hamilton snr says it’s not his place "to go money-grabbing". Image: AFP

LONDON, England -  Lewis Hamilton never paid his father, former manager Anthony, it has emerged in a December 2013.UK court case.

Hamilton's father was testifying in London while suing another former Formula 1 charge, driver Paul di Resta, for wrongful dismissal and loss of earnings.

Arguably the most interesting details were divulged in court when it emerged that not only did then McLaren, now Mercedes, driver Hamilton never pay Anthony as his manager but that he reneged on a R41-million "gift"' to his father after they split in 2010.

'NEVER ASKED LEWIS FOR A PENNY'

Anthony Hamilton said: "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."

He revealed that his son decided to fire him because he thought "you know what dad... I'm fed up of listening to you".

Hamilton, winner of 22 GP's, promised his father a cash gift, believed to be dollar equivalent of R41-million. Anthony said: "Maybe he was feeling guilty and wanted to say thank-you to everybody."

He admitted that, as their relationship deteriorated, his son changed his mind. Asked why, Anthony commented: "I don't have the answer to that. It just never happened.  I am comfortable with it.  It's not my business.

"If he says he's going to do something and he doesn't that's his loss. It's not my place to go money-grabbing."
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