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GP Week : Issue 137
F1 NEWS >> FOLLOWING Lewis Hamilton’s challenging weekend in Singapore, father and former manager Anthony Hamilton criticised his son’s new management team. “His management need to do more,” Hamilton Sr. was quoted as saying after the Singapore Grand Prix. “Look up the paddock. Every driver that’s got a manager, the manager is here and in the driver’s life.” The father and son pair were seen as Formula One’s strongest driver-manager pairing as they charged to Hamilton’s 2008 championship. But the McLaren driver dispensed with his father’s services before the 2010 F1 season opened in Bahrain, and was without a manager until earlier this year. When he did sign new management, Hamilton elected to seek representation with Simon Fuller’s XIX, a celebrity brand management agency with little experience of the rarefied environment of Formula One. XIX have been notable by their absence at a number of 2011 grands prix, and the general consensus in the paddock is that many of Hamilton’s current troubles would never have raised their heads if only the British driver had a more experienced sports management team in place. But Anthony Hamilton has since changed his tune, and retracted his criticism in an interview with British newspaper The Independent. “I spoke with Lewis during the week after the race. He told me that he’s happy with the job that his management and Simon Fuller are doing – and as long as Lewis is happy, then I’m happy,” Hamilton Sr. told The Independent. Anthony Hamilton retracts Lewis management criticism 13