Hamilton cries during interview about last race with McLaren

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren in the Press Conference. Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Preparations, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 22 November 2012.Nov.24 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton cried during a television interview whilst talking about his last grand prix with McLaren, when asked on Friday by the BBC reporter how he will feel when the chequered flag waves on Sunday.

The 2008 world champion said in Brazil: “It’s going to be tough.”

“It’s my family and I’ll be going elsewhere. It’s best I don’t talk about it too much,” he said, before welling with tears.

British newspapers believe Hamilton has fallen out badly with his former mentor Ron Dennis over his switch to Mercedes, but he said that telling boss Martin Whitmarsh about his move was “the most difficult [phone] call I’ve ever had to make”.

“We’d grown so close and he had been so supportive and I didn’t want to let people down,” said the British driver.

“But at the end of the day you have to let people down sometimes to make decisions.”

Hamilton likens leaving McLaren to finally “leaving home”. Whitmarsh admitted that he hopes that the 27-year-old returns.

“We’d have him back, yes,” he told British Sky television. “So let’s hope it’s just a gap year.”

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  • Not Bernie

    Wonder when he’ll realise his dreams of another championship are gone with Mercedes?

    Honestly though I do wish him luck at Mercedes.

  • dilman

    Next season probably won’t give LH much satisfaction. But the V6 era just might level the playing field for most teams for a while. Driver/Team changes make F1 even more interesting for me.