Hamilton and Dennis on track to patch up damaged relationship 6 September, 2013 12 year old Karting star Lewis Hamilton with Ron Dennis in 1997 Lewis Hamilton and mentor Ron Dennis have made moves to patch up their broken relationship, in the aftermath of the 2008 world champion’s defection from McLaren to Mercedes. After McLaren and team ‘supremo’ Dennis built Hamilton’s Formula 1 career from boyhood, it emerged that relationship crumbled spectacularly last year as the 2008 world champion decided to switch to Mercedes. Dennis, however, said early this week that the British driver will always be “part of the McLaren family”. “Last year I didn’t seriously seek to prevent his efforts to explore new pastures with Mercedes – perhaps it was a necessary part of his maturation,” said the McLaren chairman. Lewis Hamilton with Ron Dennis during happier times “But I’ll always remember his time with us very fondly, just as I’m very proud of having been McLaren’s CEO and team principal when he became world champion with us in 2008.” When asked about Dennis at Monza on Thursday, Hamilton revealed that he recently had a “nice chat” on the phone with his former boss. “We spoke for about an hour. It was a really good conversation. I don’t think there are any issues there personally,” he is quoted by the Daily Mail. “He has had such a big role in my life so I felt it was important to connect.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsWolff surprised by McLaren and Ferrari strugglesWolff: I am convinced that what McLaren learns is being exchanged with HondaMcLaren feeling effects of Whitmarsh absence says LaudaKing Juan Carlos: Fernando told me he is going to join McLarenLauda: We’ve done everything to ensure a level playing fieldLauda denies Hamilton interest in Ferrari driveHorner claims Renault is 75 bhp down on MercedesWolff: F1 cannot afford an all out engine warMcLaren and Mercedes play down three cars conceptWolff: One is going to win and one is going to lose Spartacus Hamilton is in a huge debt to Ron for everything he’s done; he shouldn’t ever lose respect for Dennis. It’s a shame that after winning his WDC Hamilton’s focus was more on the lifestyle of the typical rapper than the profession he was being paid for. realf1fan I wish people would stop talking rubbish about Lewis wanting to be a rapper Gangster or what ever. The Guy happens to like rap music so what if he was into heavy metal would he classed as someone who wants to dress and act like Alice Cooper. People need to think for themselves instead of jumping on the anti Hamilton bandwagon. Regards Ron I’m glad that they are patching things up as Lewis owes so much to Ron, but Ron has to ask himself why did the likes of Bernie and the German Bild news paper know about Mclarens plans to cut Lewis wages pre the 2012 season before his driver. Spartacus @realf1fan, just to be clear, I think Hamilton is one of the best drivers ever to step into an F1 car. I really do. I want to see him racing fast and quick. But as much as I appreciate his driving skills there’s no doubt that since his championship he’s been distracted by the bling. I just want to see him focused on racing again; he’s a joy to watch. AlonsoFan An absolute class act from both Lewis and Ron-Dennis..Nice to see people growing up finally Garth There were issues here on both sides that required addressing and I am glad that the ice has been broken, it had to come sooner or later because in the not too distant future Lewis will be back at Maclaren, a lesson on why one should never completely burn their bridges.