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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton: Jos Verstappen interference 'unhelpful' for Max

Verstappen Sr waded into the current situation surrounding Red Bull and Christian Horner.

Hamilton Bahrain
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Lewis Hamilton believes Jos Verstappen's interference in the situation concerning Red Bull and team principal Christian Horner is unhelpful for son Max.

Verstappen Sr suggested that Red Bull could "explode" should Horner remain in position, despite seeing the case into alleged inappropriate behaviour dismissed following a Red Bull GmbH investigation pre-Bahrain Grand Prix.

When told of the comments, Hamilton replied: "I don't know the details of it so I don't know what he's basing these foundations off.

“But at the end of the day, he's not a part of the team, he's a parent and so that's just an opinion, but it's definitely not helpful.”

Verstappen Sr forms part of three-time champion son Max's management team, alongside Raymond Vermeulen.

Hamilton was previously managed by father Anthony early in his career and whilst he is often seen alongside the seven-time champion during race weekends, there is no management ties existing.

Asked by RacingNews365 about the workplace relationship with parents in F1, Hamilton conceded: "I think it is a very thin line to walk.

“It's also dependent on your relationship with your parent.

“You meet some people who have a great relationship with their parents, and they've been amazing parents, and then you've got people that have had bad relationships. And this is not necessarily parents that have been good to them.

“So I don't know about his [Verstappen’s] relationships. Obviously, you hear things here and there. But Max is a grown man, and he's a champion, and I'm sure he can make his own decisions.

“In our world, as drivers, it's very, very easy to be misled by people whispering in your ear, and perhaps not guiding you always the right way.

“I'm not saying it's the case there, because they're doing great. But I know in sports, other athletes that I've spoken to that I see, whether it's in tennis - and I've experienced it - when you sometimes don't have the right guidance around you, it leads to you either making the wrong decisions or not being able to perhaps be the best at what you do.

“But that's clearly not the case there, he's performing well.

"So it is very difficult because you want your parent to be your parent, and have a good relationship. But when business is involved, it makes it really difficult.”

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