Hamilton Not Disappointed with Ron Dennis' Quit
“I wasn't disappointed. I was surprised, but I had not heard about it. I was just as surprised as the rest of my team,” said Hamilton before the media, shortly after the Shanghai practice sessions on Friday.
Dennis' relationship with protege Hamilton – and his family – broke down soon after the controversial lie-gate emerged at the 2009 Australian Grand Prix. Dennis is believed to have had an important role in McLaren's lying to the stewards after the race, an incident that affected Hamilton's image around the world.
It was also suggested that Lewis' father Anthony pushed for Dennis' resignation, or else he'd guide his son's steps towards another F1 team as soon as possible. Nevertheless, when asked about Dennis' stepping down, the British champion thanked his former mentor for all his huge support throughout the years.
“Ron has been a huge force and support in my life, and he still plays a key role in my life. Whether or not he is in the team or not, I think you guys have been writing about it for years that as soon as he gets to a certain stage he will move aside. I guess, I don't know why, he decided to do it now,” added Hamilton.
Due to his lying in the Aussie post-race investigation, Hamilton is to appear, alongside his team McLaren Mercedes, before the FIA World Motor Sport Council on April 29.