Chairman Rod Dennis says McLaren let Hamilton leave

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 05, 2013 12:10 hrs

McLaren chief Rod Dennis has claimed they had allowed former driver Lewis Hamilton to leave the Woking-based outfit, adding they were capable enough to stop the Brit by offering him a better package than Mercedes but chose not to.

Hamilton has just started a three-year deal with Mercedes, who are paying him 15 million pound a season, the Daily Mirror reports.

The surprise switch, announced in September, ended Hamilton's 14-year link with McLaren, the final six of which were spent in Formula One.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh long maintained that Hamilton was offered a deal that would have made him the highest-paid driver on the grid.

But Dennis, now executive chairman of McLaren, said more could have been done in both directions, but added it was not right considering the circumstances.

Dennis also dismissed suggestions that Hamilton had left McLaren, saying both the parties decided mutually to split. (ANI)

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