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GP Week : Issue 177a
F1 >>> NEWS LEWIS: NEVER SAY NEVER The great shock of the 2012 season was Lewis Hamilton’s surprise decision to quit McLaren for pastures new after half a lifetime spent with the team. But speaking to the media in the Interlagos paddock, Hamilton admitted that – in his mind at least – he hoped to return to the team at some point in the future. Speaking to Sky Sports News in Interlagos, Hamilton admitted that – as far as he was concerned – his departure from McLaren need not be permanent. “You can never say never,” the 2008 world champion said. “I’ve had a great time. I think [McLaren] will always be my home. I’ll always look at is as my home, it’s where I've come from, and so going back there would be nice one day. But I want to go and experience some things along the way. It’s almost like leaving home and going travelling for a bit; I’m just doing it with a different company.” And the British driver admitted that there was one thing that would keep him coming back to McLaren in 2013 – the team’s high quality catering, provided by Absolute Taste. “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 in Interlagos. “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.” Hamilton’s comments were well received by McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh, who said that there was no reason the team’s most successful graduate of their driver training programme could not return to Woking in the future. In fact, Whitmarsh said, Hamilton would be received with open arms. “We’d have him back, yes,” Whitmarsh told Sky Sports News. “So let’s hope it's just a gap year.” Lewis Hamilton on the grid with special helmet thanking McLaren. 5 GPWEEK.com // 5 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: