Dennis confident Hamilton to stay with McLaren

Race winner Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren with Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Executive Chairman. Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Belgian Grand Prix, Race, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday 29 August 2010.Jul.26 (GMM) McLaren executive chairman Ron Dennis on Thursday said that he is “pretty sure” that Lewis Hamilton will stay with the Woking based squad in 2013.

But Dennis, who as team boss in 2007, brought the former world champion into F1, took exception to the common view that it is 27-year-old Hamilton who is wielding the most powerful hand in the negotiations over his next contract.

“There’s no reason why Lewis won’t be driving our cars in the future,” Dennis told BBC radio.

“I think people get the wrong impression though, as when I last looked at the contract I was paying him. It’s a question of whether we employ him, not the other way around.”

Dennis continued: “But if things pan out the way I expect them to I’m pretty sure he will be sat in a McLaren next year.”

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  • Disgusted with 2012

    I love the statement: “It’s a question of whether we employ him, not the other way around.” Kinda puts it all in proper perspective with the youngster employee Hamilton, yes?