McLaren chief Ron Dennis believes that once McLaren find their winning ways once again Lewis Hamilton could be lured back to the team which gave him his break and powered him to his first ever Formula 1 win and his only world championship thus far.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Dennis said, “Who knows? As and when – and I can assure you it will be sooner rather than later – that we return to the level of competiveness that we have enjoyed in the past, he could well be one of the drivers that could be attracted back to us, and he will be better for having experienced life in a different team environment.”
“I know Lewis’s character and he was bitterly disappointed to not win the Singapore Grand Prix. Strangely enough it wasn’t the failure of a McLaren component that forced him to stop in that race, but nevertheless he was vulnerable and the right offer at the right time was made to him and so he jumped,” said Dennis pin-pointing the moment which he believes convinced Hamilton to Switch from McLaren to Mercedes.
He added, “I think money played a role in it, but it wasn’t a deciding factor. The fact is that for him it was possibly time to move on – there had been commitments made from both sides – and I appreciated and knew what the turning point was.”
Hamilton made his F1 debut with McLaren at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix, started 110 races for the team and scored 21 grand prix wins along with the 2008 F1 world championship title. (GP247)
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