Formula 1 - Hamilton and Di Resta finally resolve bitter legal dispute

Paul di Resta and Lewis Hamilton’s father Anthony have finally resolved their bitter legal dispute over a £4.6 million deal for an energy drink.

The ex-Force India driver sacked Hamilton after which the father of the 2008 Formula One world champion brought the claim to court.

The pair have now reached an out-of-court settlement after what was a long and drawn out legal dispute at the High Court.

A £4.6m deal with energy drink Go Fast lay at the heart of the case, as well as the issue of whether or not money linked to Di Resta’s image rights ended up in a Grenada-based account run by the Hamilton family, constituting a breach of contract.

In what was a controversial and, at times, dramatic case Hamilton claimed that a host of computers and phones considered as ‘key evidence’ mysteriously went missing when he moved house earlier this year, only to make a ‘U-turn’.

He dramatically returned to the witness box to tell the High Court that he had found the crucial ‘lost’ evidence at the back gates of his Hertfordshire mansion in a shock change of direction in the case.

There were also revelations in the case that centred around Anthony claiming his son Lewis had promised him up to $4 million when they split as manager and client back in 2010.

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Lewis apparently never paid him the money he said he was promised.

However, he again backtracked in the witness stand to concede that the money had indeed been handed over after all.

Di Resta was accused of entrapment by Hamilton’s legal aides over the Go Fast deal, but both parties were relieved to release statements to say that the case is now finally over.

"I am very sorry that Paul and I fell out to the extent we did, and I am pleased to put this matter to bed," Hamilton said.

"Paul is a very talented driver and it is a real shame that he does not have the F1 seat in 2014 that he deserves.

"I am sure he will do fantastically well in DTM for Mercedes, and I wish Paul the very best for the future."

Di Resta, who has now lost his F1 seat, said: "This has been a difficult year and I am just pleased to put it behind me and to concentrate on my racing.

"I am looking forward to racing in DTM for Mercedes this year and to the future ahead."