Lewis Hamilton has admitted that his pursuit for Formula One stardom damaged his relationship with his father Anthony.
The British superstar, 35, owes much to his dad, who guided and funded his journey through the karting and motorsport ranks before his eventual arrival in F1 in 2007.
Hamilton Snr managed the six-time world champ for three years, seeing his son win his maiden title in just his second season, before he was dumped by the racer in 2010.
The pair were not on speaking terms for several years but in an honest and emotional social media post on Thursday, Hamilton has now revealed that he is desperate to repair their relationship.
Hamilton wrote: “My dad and I haven’t had the easiest of relationships.
“In the search for success we were so immersed in the drive to succeed that we lost sight of what was most important, our relationship.
“The past couple of years we have been growing closer and this winter break I asked dad to visit me so we could spend time together, just us.
“We hadn’t done this before, so to spend some quality time with him has brought me so much happiness. You can’t choose your family, but you can make it work no matter your differences.
“They are the ones that will be there when you have nothing.”
Hamilton Snr has been credited with shaping Hamilton into the global superstar he is today.
And, together with a snap of the pair strolling on a beach, Hamilton heaped praise on his dad.
He added: “Dad worked so hard to create an opportunity for us as a family and because of him I am where I am today.”
Hamilton stormed to a sixth F1 world title last season and will this year look to equal Michael Schumacher‘s record haul of seven triumphs.