The REAL Reason Why Lewis Hamilton Ruthlessly Banished His Father From His F1 Role

Published 07/14/2022, 5:32 PM EDT

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Lewis Hamilton has a ruthless streak when it comes to his career. The Briton is not afraid to make bold calls on track and off it. Hamilton once had to take the bold call of firing his father, who at that time was his manager. This happened back in 2010 and rocked their relationship for a good while.

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Hamilton opened up about his decision to sack his father ahead of the 2010 season opener in Bahrain. He said, “Dad will miss being here, But it was me who initiated the break. He’s got other things to focus on, but I don’t want my dad to be my manager anymore.” He added, “I will at some stage have a new manager, but I am in no rush. He’s still taking care of a lot of stuff, but he’s slowly backing out.”

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Although the decision was a tough one to make, ultimately Hamilton wanted more control over his life. Hamilton said, “He tried to take it as a dad… But at some stage, I felt that I would be able to start taking on quite a few of my own things.”

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Hamilton only wanted to get out from under his father’s supervision. This took a toll on their relationship with the two just communicating through texts for a while. However, since then Hamilton has gone on to attain unparalleled success and repaired his relationship with his father.

Lewis Hamilton and his rocky relationship with his father Anthony

His father has accompanied Hamilton to the pinnacle of the motor-sporting world. However, their relationship has not always been smooth sailing. The driver was also managed by his father, Anthony well into his F1 career. However, Hamilton made the tough decision of having to fire his father.

This was not a piece of news received particularly well by Anthony as his son requested him not to attend the opening 4 races of the season. Anthony hit back as he did not attend the next 5 as well.

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Hamilton opened up about incidents from his childhood as well. He said, “School felt like an escape…It was my time to mess about and have a kid’s life”. The Briton was disciplined by his father all throughout his childhood.

Another incident that reminded Hamilton of his father’s controlling way was when his ears were pierced. He said,” The last time I had them done was when I was about 15… But on the was how I took the studs out. My dad would have broken my b*lls”.

This is the type of strict upbringing Hamilton tried to get rid of when he fired his dad from his managerial role.

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Regardless, their relationship has improved as the years have gone by. Anthony can once again be spotted in the paddock supporting his son.

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Divyansh Priyadarshi is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his under-graduation in computer science engineering and is naturally drawn to the intriguing data-driven world of Formula 1. Being an author at ES isn't his first stint in penning down thoughts for his favorite sports, as he has a solid prior background in writing content for soccer, NBA, and UFC.
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