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McLaren will not be shutting the door on Lewis Hamilton should the British driver ever decide to return to the squad.
Having signed for Mercedes starting next season, the 27-year-old left behind a team where he’s been racing with since his debut but McLaren doesn’t feel betrayed by the decision and is open for a future with the 2008 world champion again.
“I don't think he'll be coming back any time soon. I'm sure they've got a good contract and they will want to work with him,” team principal Martin Whitmarsh said. “I don't think Lewis' intention is to hop from team to team on an annual basis... but never say never, as they say, and we'll see what happens in the future.
“We don't have a problem with anything that's happened, with Lewis' decision or anything else. In the future, I don't think it will be in the very near term but who knows?” he added.
Concerns, however, were raised after Hamilton jokingly told his replacement Sergio Perez that he knew “exactly what's going on next year with your car”.
Whitmarsh though believed that Hamilton would be respectful enough not to share sensitive information about next season’s challenger.
"Lewis has been part of the team for a long time, I think he knows the people and what we’re trying to do but I don’t think there’s any great secrets in that, so I don’t think it’s a concern. I think if I was pursuing intellectual property from other teams, I’d probably go for engineers not drivers. But I think again, Lewis is respectful of the team and what it’s doing," reasoned Whitmarsh.