London: Formula one chief Bernie Ecclestone has branded Lewis Hamilton’s management switch a "disaster".
The Formula One ringmaster reckons the former world champ has been badly influenced by the show bizzy nature of Simon Fuller’s XIX Management company, which also looks after the Beckhams, Jennifer Lopez and Will Young.
And he believes Hamilton would have been better off staying under the wing of his dad Anthony.
The Sun quoted Ecclestone, as saying: "I think he had some personal problems during the year which affected him quite a lot. With these things it depends an awful lot on the people you surround yourself with and who are in a position to influence you. He just fell into a lot of people that weren’t good for him.”