Hamilton says Dennis backs his move from McLaren to Mercedes
1 November, 2012
Nov.1 (GMM) Executive chairman of McLaren Automotive and McLaren Group, Ron Dennis is supportive of Lewis Hamilton’s high profile move from the Woking based squad to Mercedes next year, claims the 2008 world champion.
Earlier, it was believed the pair were not even on speaking terms, with Dennis reportedly furious that Hamilton had decided against staying with McLaren in 2013 despite his long connection with the famous British team.
But it later emerged that they would meet for dinner ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi grand prix; the third-last in Hamilton’s McLaren career.
“We have spoken on the phone already,” Hamilton confirmed, according to the Mirror.
When asked about their recent problems, the 27-year-old answered: “Us? We didn’t have a problem before.
“He’s said it’s no problem, he said change is good for both of us and we will always have great history, which is the truth,” added Hamilton.
He insisted that he does not feel guilty about leaving McLaren, agreeing that he has ‘repaid’ any ‘debt’ he might have owed the team for its long support.
“Yeah. I feel like I have,” said Hamilton. “How much and how far do you go?
“Listen, it’s not something I want get into, it’s absolutely insignificant. It doesn’t matter.
“We have won a world championship together, had an amazing journey together and I want to have a change and that’s going to happen. And I am happy about it. End of story,” said Hamilton.
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