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: I can’t discuss anything to do with the contractBerger denies he will replace Dennis at McLarenAlonso-Ferrari split brews as Honda wait in the wingsHugo Boss ditch McLaren for MercedesHonda release F1 engine photo and slam delay reportsHonda-McLaren project already on the back foot?Button: Suzuka will be a tricky one for usSilly Season: Alonso to McLaren looks a done dealSilly Season: Alonso to McLaren looking likelyMcLaren: Red Bull sent coded messages to Ricciardo AlsoRan Never burn your bridges…you may be back…. Tamburello_1994 . . . . . Yeah, Coz after Lauda blows up Merc, Gonna need a parachute. . . . .