Lewis Hamilton splits from manager Dad

Lewis Hamilton has announced he will no longer be managed by his dad Anthony Hamilton. The Formula One ace told the press how he wants to go back to just being his father's son without the business relationship.

The announcement has sparked a stampede of some of the world's largest management companies, vying for a slice of the driver's £20 million a year earnings. Lewis is said to be in no rush to sign a new manager although ex-racing driver and F1 pundit Martin Brundle is said to be in the frame as well as Finnish racing driver Mika Hakkinen and his former manager and current partner at Aces Management Group, Didier Coton.

Rumours as to why Anthony decided to step aside as Lewis' manager suggested the pair had fallen out although he spoke fondly of his father saying, "I am 25, I am my own man now. I've been in F1 for quite a while and I wouldn't have been able to do it without my dad. He's done a fantastic job. But he's done that job. What I am excited about is having my dad just as my dad."

The timing of the announcement comes at an odd time, with the first race of the 2010 season in just two weeks time, but Hamilton said that it was something that had been discussed for some time. His father will not be at the first few races of the season.
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