'McLaren in tentative talks with Hamilton'
24 June 2014 – McLaren have had 'tentative' talks with Lewis Hamilton to see if the Briton might want to return to Woking next season, it has been reported.
Hamilton left McLaren at the end of 2013, after inking a three-year deal with Mercedes. However, according to Britain's The Daily Telegraph newspaper, the 2008 F1 World Champion might be persuade to return should he lose out this year to team-mate Nico Rosberg in the battle for the 2014 F1 Drivers' crown, although given the dominance of Mercedes it is difficult to see why he would want to jump ship, even if McLaren will link up with Honda again from 2015.
"Telegraph Sport understands the team have also opened very tentative dialogue with Lewis Hamilton, in case the psychological scars of this year's title fight at Mercedes become too great. The only circumstances in which Hamilton would leave Mercedes are if he lost out to Nico Rosberg for the drivers' championship," writes the 'papers F1 correspondent, Daniel Johnson.
The report also says Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel could be possibilities, the former said to be a 'likely candidate', given he has become increasingly frustrated at Ferrari. The Spaniard was also said to be on McLaren's radar last year too despite the way they acrimonious split at the end of 2007. That speculation died down, however, when Ron Dennis re-took control of the squad at the start of the season, ousting former CEO and Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh.
Dennis reiterated last weekend that the outfit is not currently looking to finalise its line-up for 2015, fuelling talk that one of its current pairing, either Jenson Button or Kevin Magnussen – or maybe even both - might be squeezed out.