Lewis rarely speaks to his father following the pair ending their professional relationship
20 April 2010

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he rarely speaks to his father Anthony, who he split with as manager in March.

The pair were inseparable in the early stages of Hamilton’s career, but they decided to end their personal relationship due to Lewis’s "growing maturity" and Anthony’s business interests.

Up until the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, Anthony had attended every single race of Lewis’s career, but now the 2008 world champion admits he can’t remember the last time the two spoke.

“I don't remember the last time I spoke with him, but it hasn't been for a couple of weeks," said the McLaren driver. "We might exchange a message every now and then but we don't have too much to discuss at the moment.

"I don't think there is any friction but it's not all smiles and happiness. It's a big change, so it affects all of us.”

Hamilton is still awaiting his first win in 2010 and finished runner up to team mate Jenson Button in yesterday’s Chinese Grand Prix.

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20 April 2010

Talk about an excessively dramatic headline. Come on, guys, this is the oldest car mag in the business, been going since 1895, it's not the bloody Sun! Let's see less sensationalism and more proper journalism, please!

20 April 2010

I used to really like lewis but I'm now finding him a bit of a whining sod. He is always quick to blame his team when he doesn't get his own way. He wouldn't like it if his team publicly blasted him for them setting up a perfect car for him to then crash it. He is beggining to seem like a spoilt brat who has had his own way too long. When he first came on the scene he seemed quite humble and sincere he seems to have lost that element.

Here's to the crazy ones......

20 April 2010

[quote iamthestig]I used to really like lewis but I'm now finding him a bit of a whining sod. He is always quick to blame his team when he doesn't get his own way. He wouldn't like it if his team publicly blasted him for them setting up a perfect car for him to then crash it. He is beggining to seem like a spoilt brat who has had his own way too long. When he first came on the scene he seemed quite humble and sincere he seems to have lost that element.[/quote] I feel very sorry for him. He seems quite immature and I think his father was clearly very controlling. He struggles a lot when confronted by people and often responds in a child like way. A good example is in the press conference of the last race when asked about the pit lane incident. A very good manager is needed but I don't think his issues are too much money and adulation, more an absence of childhood and teenage years.

20 April 2010

[quote PhilM4000]He seems quite immature [/quote] ...... [quote PhilM4000]A very good manager is needed[/quote] ..... [quote PhilM4000]an absence of childhood and teenage years[/quote]

Yes, it does seem that way.

Hamilton is amazingly quick, and who else could you say over takes as hard as Hamilton right now? His drive at the weekend was amazing. As a fan of F1 I appreciate the best drivers driving at their best and Hamilton is one of them.

I just hope that he gets a strong manager who can contain him, so that he does become more humble of the opportunity that Ron Dennis gave him. Many drivers should learn from Schumacher who never criticises the team when the results don't come in.

20 April 2010

I think people are hard on him, and forget that not only is he young, he's a young young - if you get my drift. Look at the way that he drove alongside Webber in the pits. Once you've lost the space, it's gone. But Hammy couldn't let it go - and you can see that behaviour in many teenagers. Damn it, I was that teenager. My wife says I still can't let things go now!

Hammy isn't perfect, he has a lot of growing up to do (on and off track), and he has had some bad, bad advice (like moving to Switzerland, then lying about the reason). People seem to not realise that someone would have advised him to do this, and he lacks the maturity to see that for PR reasons it wasn't a great idea. Having a pop at his team over tyre choice was a typically-immature thing to do. But he is immature, and we should make allowances for that.

It's a shame that he hasn't spoken to his dad, but then I haven't either, since 1995. Maybe things were said (just like in my relationship) which are hard to repair.

I wish Hammy all the luck in the world, and I know he's going to be one hell of a driver. The way he came into the McLaren team and immediately eclipsed what was then the best driver in the world was amazing. Unfortunately and ironically, he really needs someone he can trust, someone older, someone who knows him well, to advise him until he matures.

20 April 2010

With all due respect, who cares if Hamilton and his father have had a row and are not speaking? It's hardly 'Breaking News' is it?

What's next, Schumacher throwing his toys out of his pram because he is not exactly setting the world alight with his come back?

20 April 2010

Amazing drive in China?

Hypothetical I know but had there not been two safety cars how far ahaead would Jenson have been?

And yes I think he needs a guiding hand badly too much corporate moulding over the years not enough personality

20 April 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]Talk about an excessively dramatic headline. Come on, guys, this is the oldest car mag in the business, been going since 1895, it's not the bloody Sun! Let's see less sensationalism and more proper journalism, please!
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I don't like jumping on flame-the-magazine bandwagons, because I think Autocar is one of the better publications out there, but I have to agree with this. Lewis rarely talking to his dad during a [i]one-month[/i] period isn't really even newsworthy in my opinion, yet the headline implies a major situation. Aside from Hamilton's presumably hectic schedule, don't they actually live in seperate [i]countries[/i] at the moment?

20 April 2010

Agree , it's a cheap story that does not actually inform or say much. I am not interested in such stories from a quality magazine such as Autocar. That is what Heat et al are for.

20 April 2010

maybe im wrong but i get the impression he is quite a naive guy and could be easily led astray! his father was a good idea to keep things in check mind you i must say i am loving the fact that Jenson is the number 1 boy in the team at the moment

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