“If you look at the statistics, he has won more points in the last two years than any other driver. He's won more races than any other driver, he's had more podiums than any other driver. He's the youngest world champion ever. He just keeps delivering and, at the end of the day, he's just two years into his career. So there's a long way to go,” said Dennis at a press conference on Monday.
Dennis, who is believed to step down as team principal for a new role in McLaren's sportscar project, admitted that Hamilton grabbed the title in one of the most exciting finales in the history of F1 and also praised the mechanics and all the team for doing a great job securing the drivers' title in the last race of the season.
“I don't think there has been a more exciting world champion or world championship as regards the outcome. It just worked great, didn't it? I'm sure lots of people will have lots of opinions, but as far as we are concerned we came here determined to win the world championship and we did it.”
“We win as a team and lose as a team. I don't think any individual... obviously Lewis is the world champion but the team has got a lot of depth and they work so hard. We've improved the car two and a half seconds since Melbourne, as has our competition. At the end of the day it was a very challenging race but a great outcome,” insisted Dennis.
Despite ending their unfruitful 9-year period inside F1 with Hamilton's title this season, McLaren are still to win a constructors' crown in the new millennium. As compared to rivals Ferrari – the Scuderia won 8 championships in the last 10 years – McLaren have gone 10 years (and counting) without winning a title.