Lewis Hamilton has vowed to continue to make Ron Dennis proud as McLaren attempt to rebuild in the wake of his departure.
Dennis confirmed last week he was standing down as chairman of the McLaren Group and as CEO of McLaren Racing, ending a 28-year stint at the helm of the Woking-based team.
Severing his ties with Formula One, the 61-year-old is to take up the chairmanship of McLaren Automotive with the aim of building a new sports car from 2011.
Although there have been strong rumours of the relationship between Dennis and the Hamiltons, Lewis and father Anthony, becoming strained of late in the wake of the ’lie-gate’ saga, the 24-year-old at least appreciates just how much he has to thank his former mentor for.
“Ron is an incredible man and we all owe him more than we could ever repay him for building this great team,” remarked Hamilton.
“Both my family and I are going to do our best to continue the progress we have made over the past two seasons with the team and hope we can continue to make him proud of having invested in me.
“I was 12 when I first met Ron and, without his vision, I would not be here. I’ll never forget, and neither will my family."