McLaren Deny Hamilton Departure Reports

McLaren's CEO and team principal Martin Whitmarsh denied rumors linking reigning champion Lewis Hamilton to a future move from the Woking based team in the near future. Following the controversy in the Australian Grand Prix, several media channels have reported Lewis' father and manager Anthony is already looking for a new team for his son because of the several scandals he was drawn into because of McLaren's poor management.

According to some sources – not unveiled, though – Anthony Hamilton also conditioned his son's staying with McLaren to Ron Dennis' departure from the team. The former McLaren boss was believed to have had an important role within the lie-gate, which later led to his resignation from his position as CEO of the team a few hours ago.

However, Whitmarsh insisted Hamilton is “like part of the family” and is more committed to the team as ever, especially since McLaren are having a hard time finding their pace in the championship. The Englishman also denied Hamilton's potential conflict with Dennis, as he did not notice anything unusual in the driver's attitude towards the former McLaren boss.

“I haven't asked Lewis what his relationship is with Ron, but I don't think it's quite as you're characterizing it. I told Lewis half an hour ago what was happening. I think he naturally has a certain amount of affection for Ron. We all do. I didn't detect any different human reactions other than what I would have expected from someone who has known Ron as long as Lewis has known Ron,” said Whitmarsh earlier today, during a media briefing at Shanghai.

“I am very fond of Lewis. Like all families there are times when things are not perfect and we have to support each other. I think he has certainly expressed his support for this team consistently, and he has very kindly expressed his support for me.”

“I think and I hope that I have a good relationship with Lewis and I think he is committed just as we are to restoring the good fortunes and competitiveness of this team in the future,” added the McLaren boss.
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