The McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has said that he would be extremely glad to welcome back Lewis Hamilton to McLaren if he decides to return to the English-based outfit in the future. The Englishman has decided to bring an end to his 14 year association with McLaren by signing a three-year deal with Mercedes that starts from next season. He will be racing for McLaren in his final race at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend. However, Martin Whitmarsh has not closed the possibility of Lewis Hamilton once again driving for McLaren.
Hamilton recently commented that leaving McLaren is one of the biggest decisions of his career, while he has likened it to leaving a home and seeing new things before returning. Whitmarsh has now said that he would have no worries about welcoming Hamilton back to McLaren in the future. Hence, he is hoping that this absence proves to be nothing more than a gap. Even though it has appeared in recent weeks that the relationship between McLaren and Lewis Hamilton has been strained, Whitmarsh has said that Hamilton will always be welcome to race for the English-based outfit once again. Hamilton has signed a three-year contract with Mercedes worth around £ 20 million a year.
“We’d have him back, yes. So let’s hope it’s just a gap year. We have an incredible relationship and I don’t feel as though I am going out of McLaren through the back door. I am going out the front door happily. The way I look at it is that I am walking over that bridge and down a different path. If that path brings me back – then who knows?” said the McLaren team principal. Hamilton has already said that he is looking forward to an emotional race at the Brazilian Grand Prix.