Hamilton leaving McLaren with the 'greatest memories'

By Ubaid Parkar, 22 November 2012
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Lewis Hamilton has sought a new challenge by signing for Mercedes next season but there’s one aspect that will keep him linked with McLaren – great food!

Bound for Mercedes for three seasons starting 2013, the 27-year-old assured that he was parting with the British team amicably and that he would continue his personal relationship with Woking after his departure.

“I only have good memories. I leave with just the greatest memories, the best experiences and hopefully a lot of good friends I will continue to be friends with throughout the future,” Hamilton said.

“I was just saying to them that even though I’ll be with Mercedes, I’ll probably keep coming back to have lunch and dinner back at the hospitality because the food’s great there. So, I hope Mercedes’ hospitality lives up to the one we have,” he remarked.

The Briton won his only title with McLaren in 2008, after making his Formula 1 debut the preceding season, registering 21 victories in 109 Grands Prix since then.

“I think I'll take away only the positive memories of our journey together. Obviously winning the world championship, winning my first Grand Prix, starting out together and I guess this weekend,” Hamilton said referring to the season-finale Brazilian GP.

McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe confessed that the team will miss Hamilton.

"He is a fantastic driver and a fantastic guy, and we have been through lot of history together," Lowe said during a Vodafone phone-in. "Personally I have worked with him since 2007 but that's been six years of fantastic racing and great successes – and some tough times as well.

"He is the most fantastic driver. We will all miss him," he added. "We wish him the best for the future and we will look forward after Brazil to next year.


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