Dennis: Keeping Hamilton would have been wrong

Lewis & Ron in happier times

Lewis & Ron in happier times

Jan.4 (GMM) The executive chairman of McLaren, Ron Dennis has hit back at suggestions that Lewis Hamilton simply chose Mercedes over McLaren for his future.

Dennis, the Woking based company’s ‘supremo’ who groomed Briton Hamilton from child prodigy to world champion, is understood to have fallen out badly with the 27-year-old as the two sides negotiated a new deal.

Ultimately, Hamilton signed with Mercedes, but “I think it’s wrong to portray that Lewis left this team,” Dennis told CBI magazine.

“At the end of the day, you end up with a situation where you’re going to separate if the circumstances aren’t right. Life isn’t about one person deciding anything. It’s never that way. It’s about circumstances,” he added.

Indeed, Hamilton’s departure has been portrayed as a bitter loss for McLaren, but the stoical and admittedly emotional Dennis insisted: “Everybody says ‘Am I bitterly this or bitterly that?’ What? I’m a realist.

“Did we have the ability to create a situation where we could have stayed together? Categorically, yes. Would that have been the right thing to do? We didn’t think so.”

Hamilton’s successor is Mexican Sergio Perez, who moves from Sauber.

Subbed by AJN.

  • McLarenfan

    Very blunt answer no bull from Ron!

  • conservancy@MHR

    … six long years, there he was, goo-goo gah-gah, dribbling down his bib, making a mess of himself sitting in his McLaren high chair, throwing his food at everyone in sight. Handing over the kicking, screaming two-year old drama queen to his new nanny, pitty Nikki Lauda, Ross Brawn, Nico Rosberg, and the good folks at Daimler Mercedes. Big mistake, signing two-faced baby-Lewis. Such a miserable driver to have to work with, Lotus and Red Bull wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole. A signal indication just how awful Hamilton is to work with? Ferrari would rather have Felipe! With respect to maturity and temperament, the worst driver they’ve had to work with, ever, the McLaren people now breath a long, slow, even sigh of relief, that he’s finally gone. Somebody call the whhhaaaaambulance, Hamilton’s first spat, at Mercedes: Who gets to wear the yellow helmet? Not one constructor’s championship did Hamilton ever give back to the folks at McLaren — asj.

  • [email protected]

    Go, HAMILTON !

  • Dangerous_Dave

    Dennis is full of it. I suspect he’s the main reason that Mclaren have neither Hamilton nor Newey any more. Look to Red Bull and Ferrari to see the treatment that a no.1 driver ought to get, and then look at Mclaren to see the treatment he actually got. That’s why he’s gone. Mclaren and especially Dennis are too pig-headed to give superior talents the treatment they deserve, which is why they always lose them eventually