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Force India’s Paul di Resta is facing legal action from former manager and father of Lewis Hamilton, Anthony. The proceedings will take place in the High Court next Monday, British newspaper The Telegraph is reporting.
Anthony Hamilton helped engineered di Resta’s way into Formula 1 at the start of last year, with the Scot having been Force India reserve driver as he clinched the DTM title in 2010. The two parted company earlier this season.
Hamilton is suing di Resta for what he claims was a ‘wrongful termination of contract and loss of earnings’. In his defence papers, the 26-year-old driver from Uphall, West Lothian claims that he had been misled over a multi-million pound sponsorship deal with the Go Fast energy drink company. Reportedly, Hamilton claimed it was logical to buy di Resta’s sports drink rights from Force India and informed his driver that they were worth two million euros (£1.56m). It is believed di Resta queried this with Force India in China, learning that they were in fact worth only one million euros (£800,000). It is at this point that di Resta is believed to have split with Hamilton.
In Hungary at the weekend, Hamilton Sr. attended his first race – supporting his son at McLaren – since the Chinese Grand Prix in April.
Di Resta is a contender for a Mercedes works seat next year, should Michael Schumacher elect to hang up his helmet. If the seven-time World Champion stays on the grid, di Resta is more than likely to remain with Force India.
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