Hamilton in emotional farewell to McLaren staff 23 October, 2012 Oct.23 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton has said farewell to McLaren ahead of his final four races with the British team he has been a member of since his teen years. Before setting off to India and then Abu Dhabi, the US and Brazil for the final, ‘flyaway’ phase of the 2012 season, the 2008 world champion made an “emotional” speech to staff at McLaren’s Woking factory, the Sun newspaper reports. Hamilton had intended to farewell his McLaren teammates during a night of ten-pin bowling in Japan recently, only to find they were already committed to a ‘fun run’ with Jenson Button. So the 27-year-old told them last Friday: “I’ve spent half my life at McLaren. The team, the cars, the place, the people — they’ll always be special to me. “The Mercedes building definitely isn’t as spectacular as the MTC (McLaren technology centre),” he smiled. “I hope to bring great success to Mercedes, but McLaren will always have a special place in my heart,” added Hamilton. Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsButton linked with Le Mans switch as McLaren ditherBoullier: I understand Jenson may not feel comfortableButton not concerned about his F1 futureAlonso now with Movistar backing key to 2015 gridHamilton staying at Mercedes, Alonso to McLaren deal doneMcLaren preview Russian Grand PrixAlonso in tough negotiations with McLarenMarko predicts Alonso is heading back to McLarenMcLaren deny Stroll to buy into teamMcLaren planning private Honda tests? AlsoRan Never burn your bridges…you may be back…. Tamburello_1994 . . . . . Yeah, Coz after Lauda blows up Merc, Gonna need a parachute. . . . .