Dennis: Hamilton could make McLaren return
7 March 2014 – Ron Dennis has refused to rule out the possibility of reuniting with Lewis Hamilton in the future, suggesting that the current Mercedes man could be tempted back to McLaren if the team's performance level improves.
Hamilton, who secured the world title during his second term with McLaren in 2008, departed the Woking-based outfit at the end of the 2012 campaign, switching to the works Mercedes outfit on a three-year agreement.
Hamilton's move was confirmed shortly after his retirement from the lead of the Singapore Grand Prix, an aspect that Dennis believes was highly influential.
"I think money played a role in it, but it wasn't a deciding factor," Dennis told Sky Sports. "The fact is that for him it was possibly time to move on – there had been commitments made from both sides – and I appreciated and knew what the turning point was.
"I know Lewis's character and he was bitterly disappointed to not win the Singapore Grand Prix. Strangely enough it wasn't the failure of a McLaren component that forced him to stop in that race, but nevertheless he was vulnerable and the right offer at the right time was made to him [by Mercedes] and so he jumped.
"But who knows? As and when – and I can assure you it will be sooner rather than later – that we return to the level of competiveness that we have enjoyed in the past, he could well be one of the drivers that could be attracted back to us and he will be better for having experienced life in a different team environment."
Last season, McLaren failed to record a victory for the first time in seven years and also missed out on the podium for the first time since 1980, prompting Dennis to return as group CEO and spark changes.