Force India driver Paul di Resta has confirmed that he is no longer working with Anthony Hamilton, the father of McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton.
The story broke in the Telegraph a couple of days ago and speaking in the FIA press conference at Silverstone, Di Resta refused to be drawn on the reasons, but said, “I can confirm that we are no longer working together.
“At the moment I am focussed on the racing. It’s results that count and what drives me forward. To be one of three Brits racing here this weekend you get a feeling of what it means; the atmosphere is electric.”
Although Hamilton oversaw Di Resta’s successful transition from a DTM driver to a Force India test driver to a race driver with the team.
Clearly the relationship has broken down over the next stage of his career. Di Resta’s name has been linked with both Mercedes and Ferrari and there does seem to be interest in him. The suspicion is that Di Resta wasn’t satisfied with progress to the next stage.
Lewis Hamilton was managed by his father throughout his career and the early stages of his time in F1, but split with him at the end of 2010. He is now managed by Simon Fuller’s IX Entertainment company.