Formula 1

McLaren approach Lewis Hamilton as silly season begins

Hamilton set to reunite with Jenson Button and McLaren? (©GettyImages)
Hamilton set to reunite with Jenson Button and McLaren? (©GettyImages).

The 2014 Formula 1 season is not even at half distance and already the so-called 'silly season' of speculation over potential driver moves for 2015 has begun.

With much of the talk over the past year surrounding Fernando Alonso and whether the Spaniard is running out of patience with Ferrari, it is Lewis Hamilton who has got the ball rolling.

According to The Daily Telegraph and reported by Sky Sports the Briton has been the target of a "tentative approach" by the team he grew up with and won his first world championship with, McLaren.

The Woking team is enduring another difficult season after somewhat falling off the rails following Hamilton's departure at the end of 2012.

Next year the team welcome back Honda as engine suppliers rekindling memories of the pair's last collaboration that was so successful in the late 1980's - early 90's.

Currently McLaren have now the most experienced driver on the grid in Jenson Button as well as another of their young drivers to come through the system; Dane Kevin Magnussen.

It has been rumoured for quite some time that another reunion was being drawn up with Hamilton's 2007 team-mate at McLaren, the aforementioned Fernando Alonso, however, it appears as Hamilton endures a rocky year battling with Nico Rosberg, the British team may look to take advantage of any unease.

"The team [McLaren] have opened very tentative dialogue with Lewis Hamilton, in case the psychological scars of this year’s title fight at Mercedes become too great," The Daily Telegraph claimed.

"The only circumstances in which Hamilton would leave Mercedes are if he lost out to Nico Rosberg for the drivers’ championship."

The Daily Mail reported a similar story after the Canadian Grand Prix just over 2 weeks ago in which they reported potential tensions at Mercedes as well as the potential from the Honda tie up being possibly a temptation for Hamilton to return.

It is believed Alonso may be unwilling to take the gamble and return to the team, which he fell out with during the 2007 season, for the first season with Honda.

Also there has been a great deal of talk about change within the Ferrari operation as team boss Marco Mattiacci considers his options following his installation as Team Principal just prior to the Chinese Grand Prix in April.

Again for Alonso, who recently admitted he would only leave F1 after winning a third title but then in Austria claimed he would also like to race at Le Mans before retiring from motor sport, the amount of time he is prepared to give the Scuderia who many feel have disappointed him since he arrived in 2010 remains to be seen.

As to which driver McLaren would consider replacing, Jenson Button is out of contract at the end of the year which many wondering how the death of his father in pre-season would affect his motivation for the sport.

However the 2009 champion has beaten his rookie team-mate at six of the eight races so far.

McLaren's Sporting Director Eric Boullier has also hinted the former Honda works driver will be retained for a sixth season with the team.

"Since I have joined McLaren I have found out what a great competitor he is and what a good asset he is for the team," Boullier told Sky Sports News.

"I more and more appreciate what he can do. I'm very pleased and when the time comes to sit down then I would love to carry on with him.

"I expect him [to stay], but we haven't sat down properly yet."


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