I was so focused.I couldn’t think about anything ­except Lewis’s career.”. He’s proved he could make it and I’m so proud.”. “I’m sure she would actually encourage him to contact me, not the other way about. Lewis’ father worked four jobs to support Hamilton’s racing career Mark Thompson/Getty Images Hamilton was born on 7th January 1985 in Stevenage, England, to Anthony Hamilton … Father of Lewis Hamilton: Anthony Hamilton is the father of Lewis Hamilton. But it is what it is. Lewis Hamilton's father 'fought when I was abused in racing' amid BLM row (Image: GETTY) He said: "When I was going races, when I was a kid, we were the only black people on the race scene. And   it wasn’t ­going to be me. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. And Hamilton's mum shared another hug with him after he secured his fourth world title in Mexico in 2017. I was shocked, devastated,” says Anthony, opening his heart to the Sunday Mirror for the first time on the split that stunned the motor racing world. “What’s clear for me is that they are in love.”. Until March 2010, Anthony Hamilton was also the manager of his son. His father, Anthony Hamilton, is black and is of Grenadian descent, while his mother, Carmen Larbalestier, is white, making him mixed-race; Hamilton has identified as black. [The split] didn’t damage Lewis. The F1 star posted: "I meant no harm and did not mean to offend anyone at all. “I’d leave home at five each morning to go to work and be back home by nine at night. “She is a loving, respectful, very family-orientated individual. Anthony would help Lewis break into the world of go-karting, where he spent seven years working his way from the Rye House Kart Circuit in Hertforshire to Formula Super A stardom. Two weeks before the F1 season started, Lewis downplayed the incident, saying: "Dad will miss being here, but it was me who initiated the break. When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Going their separate ways: Hamilton and father, Anthony. I wanted the quiet life and that put a barrier between us. “I give him leads but I make him chase sponsors himself. “And the best present Lewis could give me now is to win another world ­championship.”, Team Hamilton: Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his father Anthony. I am comfortable with it. Hamilton's father reveals hurt at racists • Our family has taken a lot of stick, says Anthony • Brother handed token of bad luck before the race Lewis Hamilton and his father Anthony in Sao Paolo. "He decided he wanted to be his own man. Nicolas was born with cerebral palsy - a disease affecting movement and coordination. It’s not my business. Hamilton then lived with his stepmother, Linda, and his half-brother Nicolas, who is also a professional racing driver. However, he has never let that hold him back, with the 27-year-old also a racing driver. The Briton has achieved complete domination over the F1 grid in the better part of the past decade. Carmen Larbalestier is the mother of the famous Formula One racer, Lewis Hamilton. He has gone on from strength to strength and now stands at a position where he drives almost flawlessly race in race out. "And I can honestly say we have both become better people for it. Is this what you got for Christmas? He says his son’s girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger did not tell the smitten lad to give his dad the elbow, Get email updates with the day's biggest stories. “I wasn’t enjoying it, and maybe he wasn’t but we couldn’t find the way to say it to each other,” he says. His father bought him one in 1991, and Hamilton did well. AFTER his early years with his mum, Lewis moved to live with his dad and brother aged 12 - joining step-mum Linda. “I think Lewis decided he was going to take a different route in his life. Now those hard days of helping his boy achieve his dreams are over. Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton once offered to give his father and former manager, Anthony, a cash gift of up to $4 million after the father-son pair split in 2010. “Afterwards I realised maybe I held some things too close tome and I should have let him make more decisions. Hamilton later apologised for the insensitive post and went on to wear a kilt for GQ magazine, saying he wanted to "make amends". Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas, boys don’t wear princess dresses!". “Given all the career pressures they face it’s amazing they are still together,” says Anthony. Linda is the birth mum of Lewis' half-brother, Nicolas. He manages promising driver Paul di Resta and his latest project, called 107%, has rich backing for a global search to find two new F1 stars, one male and one female, and even the tentative agreement for two race seats for the F1 in 2014. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. 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Two years later, well into his mid-20s, he was no longer dependent on his dad. Hamilton Snr was Lewis' manager throughout his racing career up until 2010, when he was ruthlessly sacked. It’s taken him only a year to prove he can be a racing driver and prove, as a disabled one at that, he can beat able-bodied people. Hamilton's parents separated when he was two, after which he lived with his mother and older half-sisters, Samantha and Nicola, until he was twelve. Team Hamilton: Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his father Anthony (Image: EPA) Get email updates with the day's biggest stories Invalid Email Something went wrong, please try again later. “So I was thinking ‘what do I do now?’ All I knew was following my son and doing the best for him. Now the dust has settled on the Hamiltons’ very ­public break-up, Anthony looks back on their parting from the point of view of a loving dad rather thana devoted manager. Lewis achieved his dream at top speed and at 23 became the youngest driver ever to win the World Championship. “After 18 years of racing with Lewis, when he came to me I thought, ‘No Nic, not you’,” says Anthony. Anthony had already been with Linda for two years - and she took an active role in raising Lewis before he moved in with her. “I wanted him to get a job or go back to university. In 2015, he secured a deal with AmD Tuning to race an Audi S3 for five events in the BTCC - totalling 12 races - becoming the first-ever disabled driver to compete. Here we take a closer look at the Hamilton family... HAMILTON'S dad, Anthony, is a major reason the Stevenage-born star even got into racing. Anthony is still in Formula One. Lewis Hamilton has been on a 30-year journey to motorsport success, his father Anthony told Sky Sports News Lewis Hamilton's historic Formula 1 success has … And she shared a sweet moment at the Chinese GP in 2008, when she hugged Lewis - along with his birth mum Carmen - following his victory just weeks before he sealed his first world crown. I realised I didn’t know when to let go. But I see it now. “When he said he no longer wanted me as manager it came completely out of the blue because we hadn’t fallen out. He's also been in the headlines for his lifestyle down the years, such as urging fans to go vegan. If he says he’s going to do something and he doesn’t that’s his loss.". Anthony was married to Hamilton's mum, Carmen Larbalestier, but the pair separated when Lewis was just two-years-old. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. “I didn’t get angry – but I didn’t deal with it very well. In 2016, he signed a three year deal with Mercedez worth 120 million in total earnings.Lewis Hamilton is a superstar who currently enjoys his life with a net worth pegged at $ He bought Lewis his first remote-controlled car when he was just six-years-old - and his first go-kart for Christmas when he was seven. Meanwhile in the background, his own love, Lewis’ stepmum Linda, busies herself about their home. In a recent interview before the United States GP, Lewis revealed that his father used to work multiple jobs in a day so as to fund Hamilton’s growth in motorsport. I couldn’t see it then. Lewis Hamilton says the void in his relationship with father Anthony Hamilton was "like the Grand Canyon" at the time of their messy managerial split. Anthony Hamilton, Lewis' father, celebrating with Lewis after the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix. He then moved to live with dad Anthony, step-mother Linda and his half-brother Nicolas. Hamilton has been dating - or rumoured to have been dating - a host of famous faces down the years, including Nicole Scherzinger, whom he dated on and off between 2007 and 2015. READ MORE: Lewis Hamilton left … I was comfortable with that.". “Lewis was right to go his own way,” he says, gazing out across the back garden of the Hertfordshire family home where his eldest son once played with brother Nic, now 20 and also a racing driver. Lewis Hamilton became the winningest Formula One driver in history on Sunday and his father knew he was capable of greatness from an early age. “Lewis does a dangerous job and I didn’t want there to be that shred of doubt in his mind that I loved him,” says Anthony. But Lewis actually enjoyed more of his formative years living with his biological mum. The British star will now be looking to set a new record in the 2021 campaign. But it is still hard for him to talk about their professional split – because the love between a father and son was at the root of it too. "Tony wanted to be somebody and he has achieved that. I am fed up listening to you'. He was born in the year 1969 and worked as a contractor to support his son’s racing career. “Was it right the way it happened? Every week, week-in week-out, I’d put my life into it. He was young when his parents broke apart. "My deepest apologies for my behaviour as I realise it is really not acceptable for anyone, no matter where you are from, to marginalise or stereotype anyone. Lewis Hamilton is on course for a record-equalling seventh F1 title, but his father admitted he would struggle celebrate such an achievement by his son, given the circumstances. Hamilton’s birth mother, Carmen Larbalestier was born in 1955, but she and Anthony Hamilton separated when Lewis was just two years old. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton seems unstoppable at the moment, as he seems all set to bag his 7th World Championship title. "He is probably better for it than if we had stuck together in an unhappy marriage. Nicolas drives a modified car in the British Touring Car Championship - where he has started 36 races. It had to happen at some stage. “I don’t believe for one minute she would ever say to Lewis ‘fire your father, make your own decisions’,” Anthony says firmly. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. I love that my nephew feels free to express himself as we all should. According to Forbes, Hamilton is one of the most marketable drivers in Formula One, with a plethora of endorsement deals covering IWC, Monster Energy, L’Oreal, Bose, Puma, MV Agusta Motorcycles and Bombardier Recreational Products. His entire life had revolved around his son’s passion to get behind the wheel, from the ­Christmas when he bought him his first go-kart at the age of six. “In fact it definitely was a good thing,” he adds, as if reassuring himself. One would have had to say to the other, ‘I’m leaving you’. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. She’s got strong bonds with her family and is part of this family.”. *mother – English, distant Jersey and Guernsey Channel Islander Lewis Hamilton is a British Formula One driver. I couldn’t see myself in that busy, hectic lifestyle. Schumacher suffered a severe brain injury in a skiing accident in 2013 - his son Mick presented Hamilton with one of his father's old helmets to recognise the Briton's achievement. In 2016, he was briefly a part of Channel 4's F1 coverage team. “I’ve been a devoted dad but I’vedone my bit. She’s been incredible,” says Anthony. You can unsubscribe at any time. As well as his two seasons in the BTCC, Hamilton also spent four years driving in the Renault Clio Cup UK and one in the European Touring Car Cup. I’ve done the best thing for Nic and the hardest thing for me. He was also Lewis’s full-time manager until the year 2010. Lewis Hamilton’s journey to Formula 1 has not been rough, being the first black driver in the history of the sport brings certain advantages, but it also brings substantial societal prejudices and limitations. Hamilton slammed his nephew for wearing a purple and pink dress, sharing a clip on Instagram, saying: "I'm so sad right now. LEWIS' two half-sisters are the product of mum Carmen's second marriage. Prior to his win in Turkey, the Mercedes star paid tribute to his mum. “I’d been at his side from his first remote-control car race when he was five. That day was a life-changing experience.”. While his father Anthony has been far more involved in his career, his mother has also been supportive. Speaking about her break-up with Anthony, Carmen once revealed: "Lewis was the best thing to come out of my marriage. When Hamilton joined McLaren in 2007, Anthony (his father) was his manager and continued to be by his side until the start of the 2010 season, when he was ‘sacked’ by his son. “She’s fantastic. He was born to his Father, Anthony Hamilton -a black-British- and to his mother Carmen Larbalestier -of full British descent- … It was the moment when the wheels came off one of the most ­famous partnerships in Grand Prix history. In the early days she helped me carry his kart down the side of the house and load it into the van. But from his new back-seat position in the lives of both of his boys, Anthony looks on with fatherly pride... simply wanting both of them to be happy. Hamilton makes history at the British Grand Prix L ewis Hamilton's early Formula One career was spent with his father Anthony Hamilton right by his side as his manager, but they split in 2010. “But after all the years he’d followed Lewis without once complaining I thought it was only fair I give him his chance. Lewis Hamilton's father is confident that his son will continue to compete in the upcoming Formula 1 season.. HAMILTON'S dad, Anthony, is a major reason the Stevenage-born star even got into racing. And the one rumour he’s determined to put the brakes on for good is that his son’s girlfriend, ex-Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, 33, told the smitten lad to grow up and give his dad the elbow. Our. LEWIS HAMILTON has equalled Michael Schumacher after winning a seventh world championship. But he learned a lesson from his ­intense experience with Lewis when Nic, a cerebral palsy sufferer, told him he wanted to follow his illustrious brother into motor racing. Hamilton's first taste of racing came at radio-controlled cars. "He's got other things to focus on, and I don't want my dad being my manager anymore.". CNN's Alex Thomas speaks with motor sport star Lewis Hamilton's father, Anthony Hamilton, about the success of his son's career. Formula One World Championship 2014, Grand Prix of Italy, #44 Lewis Hamilton and his father Anthony Hamilton Anthony Hamilton: How Lewis Hamilton’s father made him a World Champion, a brief story on the story of the duo before the F1 years. ", Boris Johnson cancels pub plans but lockdown restrictions still ease at midnight, Harry arrives back in the UK for Phil's funeral without Meghan as Royals mourn, Harry 'will not wear military uniform at funeral' after losing honours, Queen attends mass for Prince Philip as royals gather at church service, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. If I’d had my way it would have been done ­differently. Hamilton had lived with both Nicola and Samantha up until the age of 12, when he moved to live with his dad and half-brother. “I even had a job putting up boards for estate agents for 50p a time, often in the dark. The F1 superstar was raised by his mum until he was 12-years-old - along with half-sisters Nicola and Samantha. View our online Press Pack. It was like something had died. His father is of black Grenadian descent. ON Christmas Day 2017, Kaiden went from unknown to a celebrity of his own after Hamilton's lapse in judgement. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. But it's not just on the track Hamilton has been making headlines during his illustrious career. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. However, Anthony later revealed the true extent of the drama, admitting: "He thought, 'Do you know what dad? She separated with Hamilton's father Anthony when the driver was two years old. Anthony later suggested Lewis had withheld a £3million payment he'd promised him as a 'thank you' for his 18 years of service. Without his dad’s constant, constant work he would not have been able to continue.". “It was a nightmare. Linda was regularly spotted at races alongside Anthony, even after he was sacked as Lewis' manager. Lewis Hamilton was born on the 7th day of January 1985 at Stevenage, United Kingdom. And Anthony reveals he, too, was starting to feel the professional bond between them loosen. “I’d had sleepless nights thinking how I was going to tell him I’m not coming any more.”. Lewis Hamilton has spoken candidly about his attempts to repair what he says has been "not the easiest of relationships" with father Anthony. She’s stayed here several times and had dinner with us. WHILE Anthony was seen at almost every race of Lewis' career in the early days, mum Carmen was always a more elusive figure in the racer's life. The couple are now back together following their split last year. Lewis was raised by his mum until he was 12 years old, along with half-sisters Nicola and Samantha, when he moved to live with father Anthony, stepmother Linda and half-brother Nicolas. Probably not. But one constant in his life has been his family, some of whom have been there from his go-karting youth to see him become one of the greatest F1 racers to ever set foot in a cockpit. Hamilton began karting in 1993 at the age of eight at the Rye House Kart Circuit and quickly began winning races and Cadet class championships. But it felt like the end of an era for me.”. Lewis Hamilton Family Members Name and Relationship: Father: Anthony Hamilton; Mother: Carmen Larbalestier; Brother: Nicolas Hamilton; Sister: Samantha Lockhart, Nicola Lockhart; Lewis Hamilton Family Photos: He was born to a family of Stevenage England. 'He tried to take it as a dad,' said Hamilton. For other inquiries, Contact Us. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. The … And Anthony says: “After everything that has happened my life is better now. But I only didit because I wanted him to beable to totally focus on his racing.”. The sisters remain relatively out of the spotlight but are thought to have grown up in Sandy, Bedfordshire with mum Carmen. Hamilton was born on 7 January 1985 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England. But Kaiden melted fans' hearts as he simply pointed his wand at Lewis and giggled for the camera. "Why are you wearing a princess dress? Today Anthony, 51, has ­decided to tell his story as his eldest son lands in Australia to prepare for the new Formula One season. Lewis Hamilton’s Caribbean Roots. He revealed: "It just never happened. "But I didn’t stop him making sure Lewis got what he wanted. We know each other extremely well. “Maybe I would never have got around to it and Lewis doing it probably was a good thing. Hamilton's father in u-turn as he tells the High Court he has 'found lost evidence' ... Family affair: The 2008 Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton pictured with his father Anthony. The man behind Lewis's success As it is said, there is a woman behind every man's success, but in Lewis 's case, there is a man, and that man is his dad Anthony. Something went wrong, please try again later. Anthony previously worked as Lewis 's manager. Anthony Hamilton still remembers only too well how he felt when Formula One hero Lewis – the son whose glittering career he had nurtured from childhood – sacked him as his manager. 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"I have always been in support of anyone living their life exactly how they wish and I hope I can be forgiven for this lapse in judgement. ... His father, anthony Hamilton, who was born in Grand Coy in Grenada, bought him a radio-controlled car in 1991, which gave him his first taste of racing competition. He is the son of Carmen Brende (Larbalestier) and Anthony Hamilton. This is the damage that the Formula 1 driver's father left in his wake yesterday after taking a spin in a borrowed Porsche Carrera GT. He wants to put the record straight as Lewis, 27, tries to rediscover the glory days he enjoyed with his dad by his side, culminating in his one and only World Drivers Championship in 2008. Anthony Hamilton is a proud father of a British racing driver Lewis Hamilton who is currently competing in Formula 1 Mercedes. While Carmen hasn't been a regular at Lewis' races - she has always been there for the big moments - with the pair said to enjoy an excellent relationship. “At one time I juggled four jobs to bring in the money for family and racing,” says Anthony. At the Chinese Grand Prix in 2008, two weeks before he became a world champion for the first time, Larbalestier was seen embracing her son and his stepmother Linda. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map.