Lewis Hamilton reveals pain of leaving ‘home’ McLaren

London: Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton has revealed the pain of leaving his former team McLaren and his mentor Ron Dennis.

The British driver insisted that there is no rift with the man who guided his F1 career as he comes close to moving to the Brackley-based Mercedes.

“There was not friction. Sometimes Ron says those things because he is so McLaren through and through, but in the background you’ll see he’s been very caring for me,” a daily quoted Hamilton, as saying.

“He’s says it’s no problem, he said change is good for both of us and we will always have great history, which is the truth,” he added.

Hamilton said that leaving McLaren was something similar to leaving home as he has been in with all the people there since a tender age of 13.

“McLaren will always be my home. Just like when I told my parents I was leaving home. Some parents are happy, some are not. It’s the same kind of feeling for me now,” he said.

“I am leaving home to try something new. I can always look back and say this is my home, where I did my growing up, this is where I learnt a huge amount. I don’t feel anything but excitement and really want to enjoy these last races with them team and afterwards it will be the beginning of a new chapter for me,” he added.