Hamilton: McLaren have a place in my heart

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is sad to see his former team McLaren go through the hardships they are currently experiencing and hopes they can sort out their Honda power unit problems so as to move forward.

Hamilton was groomed by McLaren from an early age, they financed his junior single-seater career, handed him his Formula 1 break which seized to win his first race with the team and also his claim his first world title in 2008.

The triple F1 World Champion told ESPN, “They have a place in my heart, I was with them for so long so it’s definitely sad to see such a great team not be at the top.”

“Often there are things out of our control and then there are often things that are in our control that are set from decisions, ultimately, groups or individuals make those decisions. They are now I think trying to make steps and decisions and move the team in the right direction.”

When he was still karting, Hamilton famously approached Ron Dennis and told the McLaren supremo, at the time, that he would race for him one day. And indeed he did.

But that is now a bygone era as Dennis was ousted in a coup d’equipe and a new management team is now at the helm headed by executive director Zak Brown.

“They’ve had changes in management and all sorts of things,” said Hamilton. “But the most important thing for me is that McLaren don’t lose the core heart and soul of what the team was all about from when I loved them, before I joined them and when I was racing with them.”

“I really hope that they find their way back to fighting ways, because it would be great. They’ve not won a race since I left, but I think they can do as soon as they figure out their power unit situation and also their car, I think they can globally move forwards,” added Hamilton who won 27 grands prix during his stint at Woking.