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 NewsMcLaren and Sauber pass mandatory FIA crash testsAlonso return to McLaren met with mixed reactionsAlonso rules out Le Mans foray in 2015McLaren: Kevin has definitely 100 per cent of our supportBoullier: In Alonso we gained the best driver in the worldDennis set to be McLaren majority shareholder againDennis: Painful decision to choose between Jenson and KevinButton: Being part of McLaren Honda project is not a one-year thingAlonso: I have unfinished business with McLarenButton: Fernando and I will work extremely well together AlsoRan Never burn your bridges…you may be back…. Tamburello_1994 . . . . . Yeah, Coz after Lauda blows up Merc, Gonna need a parachute. . . . .