Hamilton breaks silence with Dennis

F1 driver Lewis Hamilton has broken the silence with mentor Ron Dennis.

Lewis Hamilton. Picture: AFP

NEW DELHI - McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has spoken to former team boss and mentor Ron Dennis for the first time since the Formula One world champion's switch to Mercedes was announced last month.

Hamilton, who has signed a three-year deal to drive for the German manufacturer from next year, said he had visited the McLaren factory in Woking on Friday but there had been no big farewell speech.

"I haven't sat down and spoken to anyone just because we're still in the motion of the year...it's not the end yet," the 27-year-old Briton told reporters on Wednesday ahead of the weekend's Indian Grand Prix.

"It's important now to try and keep the motivation up high, so when I went back I did the normal things that I do," he added at a promotional event for team sponsors Vodafone.

"I spoke to Ron and me and Ron, we're planning to meet up I think it's in Abu Dhabi. We'll go for dinner, have a good chat."

McLaren have backed Hamilton since he was 13 and racing go-karts.

The youngster had famously walked up to Dennis at a gala awards event and told him he would drive for him one day.

Dennis, who handed over to Martin Whitmarsh in 2009 and is now McLaren's executive chairman, took a paternal interest in Hamilton's career and gave him his F1 debut in 2007, when he almost won the championship at the first attempt.

Cracks have appeared in the relationship since then and Hamilton told reporters in South Korea 10 days ago that he had still not spoken to Dennis about his decision to leave.

Hamilton will replace seven-times champion Michael Schumacher at Mercedes.

McLaren last won the constructors' title in 1998, although they would have won the 2007 championship had the team not been stripped of all their points for a scandal involving leaked Ferrari data in their possession.