Dennis confident Hamilton will stay
Ron Dennis believes Lewis Hamilton, pictured, will continue to race for McLaren next season
McLaren group chairman Ron Dennis expects Lewis Hamilton to remain with the team next season - and has warned Hamilton the decision is theirs to make.
The 2008 world champion's contract runs out at the end of the current season, with talks ongoing over a new deal.
"There's no reason Lewis won't be driving our cars in the future," Dennis told several national newspapers. "I think people get the wrong impression though. When I last looked at the contract, I was paying him. It's a question of whether we employ him, not the other way around."
He added: "But if things pan out the way I expect them to, I'm pretty sure he will be sat in a McLaren next year."
Both Hamilton and team-mate Jenson Button were among the historic seven different winners in the first seven races of this season but Hamilton is only fifth in the drivers' standings, 62 points behind leader Fernando Alonso.
Button is seventh, while the team are 70 points behind leaders Red Bull in third place in the constructors' standings. Their drivers have been hampered by an often uncompetitive car, particularly in the wet conditions in which both have thrived in the past.
Hamilton refused to be drawn on the issue of whether he will stay, stressing that he is answerable to current team principal Martin Whitmarsh.
Dennis stepped down from that role, and from hands-on involvement with the F1 operation, in 2009 after the team were fined £50million over allegations that technical data was stolen from Ferrari two years previously.
Hamilton said: "I don't even know what Ron has been saying so I don't know what questions he has been asked.
"It's not really for me to comment on. It has nothing to do with me particularly what he says. Martin is my boss."
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stay with it lewis, the car will come good.you and fernando are the best by far.you dont have ferrari god like status and robbed at every infringement. they are racist or something. you get screwed by the FIA for anything they can. Ferrari and Bernie are F1 and biased.
If this reportage is to be believed then the remarks made by Messrs Dennis & Hamilton are trite and sadly dismissive; each of the other. A silly scenario.
One should recall that is has been oft reported that Lewis Hamilton approached Ron Dennis when Lewis was still a very young man and stated, with conviction, that he would drive for Team McLaren. Mr. Dennis replied that Lewis should prove to him why he, Ron Dennis, should give Lewis Hamilton an F1 seat.
Lewis patently proved why he should have that seat. Ron Dennis accepted that Lewis was worth his salt. They spoke together, reportedly, often and with frankness. Why are they, allegedly/reportedly unable to have a very similar dialogue today?
Mr. Dennis stills needs to know why Lewis Hamilton should be given a McLaren F1 seat beyond his current contract. Mr. Hamilton still needs to prove why Ron Dennis should continue to retain his services as a mainstream F1 driver for Team McLaren. In as few words as possible.