Lewis Hamilton admits it is “sad” to see his former team McLaren not challenging at the top of Formula 1 as he still holds them dear to his heart.
The British driver left McLaren in 2012 to join Mercedes and his former team are yet to win a race since he left.
They currently sit at the bottom of the constructor’s standings – having previously won it on eight occasions – while they have had trouble with their Honda engine’s reliability.
However, Hamilton is hoping they can turn around their fortunes and push back towards the top of the sport.
“They have a place in my heart, I was with them for so long, so it’s definitely sad to see such a great team not be at the top,” said Hamilton.
“Often there are things out of our control, and then there are often things that are in our control that are set by decisions that groups and people individually make.
“They are now I think trying to make steps and decisions and move the team in the right direction.
“They’ve had changes in management and all sorts of things, but the most important thing for me is McLaren don’t lose the core, heart and soul of what the team was all about when I loved them – before I joined them and when I was racing with them.
“I really hope they find their way back to fighting ways because it would be great. They’ve not won a race since I left but I think they can do as soon as they figure out their power unit situation and also their car.”
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