McLaren chairman Ron Dennis says that “there’s absolutely no issue” between McLaren F1 team and Lewis Hamilton, following 27-year-old Hamilton was resign from the McLaren, the team he joined as a 13-year-old and with whom he won the world championship in 2008.
Following the 2012 Singapore GP, 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton announced that leaving from McLaren and to joins Mercedes GP for next season.
Many weeks both parties discussed about the future contract, finally the third party Mercedes overtook McLaren, The Telegraph reported that Mercedes offered $100 million (£61.6million) for Hamilton next three year career. McLaren offered maximum £12million per season. Their last proposal is closer to Hamilton’s existing wage — thought to be around the £15m mark (current five-year deal is £75million).
“Everybody feels that there’s some issue between Lewis and I; there’s absolutely no issue between us,” Ron Dennis said.
“Sometimes the circumstances in a relationship don’t balance, don’t match. We are a team that requires a lot out of a driver and if some other team is able to make a more attractive proposition in any shape or form then a driver is going to move.”
Also he added that McLaren “is bigger than any driver” and said he is “completely relaxed” about losing Hamilton.
“If you look back on our history, without being too pretentious about our team it is bigger than any driver. We’ve had Ayrton [Senna] of course and [Alain] Prost, Niki [Lauda], Mika [Hakkinen], Keke [Rosberg], we’ve had a hell of a lot of world championships over the year and we’re going to have world champions in the future. It’s important that everybody in the team is there for the right reasons, is focused, is determined to win and determined to make all sacrifices that are necessary to win. In our team that doesn’t just extend to physical condition, mental condition; it relates to how much work we have to do in and out of the car and not everyone has those sorts of issues.” McLaren Automotive and McLaren Group executive chairman, Ron Dennis added.
“So I wish Lewis really, really well. He’s been nurtured well through his career and I feel none of the emotions that are attributed to me; I am completely relaxed, I am not upset, of course you think of the good times shared but we are a racing team that exists to win and that requires a whole set of sacrifices and as I said some other teams don’t have that requirement. In the end we’ll win races next year and in to the future and I hope world championships.”