Dennis Hints at Possible Hamilton Return


McLaren chief Ron Dennis has admitted Lewis Hamilton could one day be tempted to return to the team once the team “returns to the level of competitiveness enjoyed in the past”. Hamilton, , ended his long association with McLaren at the end of the 2012 season in order to join the ambitious Mercedes set-up, in a decision that Dennis has conceded was made more in order for the Englishman to strengthen his own title aspirations rather than a move just based on finances.

Having been part of the McLaren family since the age of 13, progressing through the karting and junior formula ranks, Hamilton never made any secret over the fact it hadn’t been an easy decision to move to Mercedes, but the 29-year old has been justified in making the switch with McLaren struggling to stay in contention at the front of the grid.

But Dennis hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Hamilton one day returning to McLaren, although the Woking team will need to get back to the level of performance that saw the British the 2008 world championship.

“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,” said Dennis, who had a huge influence in bringing Hamilton up through the McLaren ranks.

“But 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.”

Dennis’s return to active duty with McLaren came following the news that Martin Whitmarsh had been removed from day-to-day control of the F1 team. Whitmarsh’s long-term future at the team remains unclear following the decision by McLaren to recruit Eric Boullier from Lotus as Racing Director.

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