New McLaren boss Zak Brown has not ruled out the possibility of Lewis Hamilton racing for his team again.
Brown, who was announced as the F1 team’s technical director on Monday, has simply said ‘never say never’ to the prospect of Hamilton returning to the team.
However, he has reiterated that his main priority is to get McLaren back to winning ways.
“We have to get back to winning soon," Brown was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "But the great news is when you walk around the facility this is a championship team.
“If you look at the resources we have, the people we have, and the drivers we have, we are going to get there and get there sooner rather than later.”
McLaren haven't done as well without Hamilton
The team has not won a single race since Hamilton left in for Mercedes in 2012. In stark contrast, Hamilton has managed to secure two world championships with the Silver Arrows.
Hamilton goes into the last race in Abu Dhabi with a strong chance of securing his fourth career world championship.
“I will move heaven and earth to have the two best race-car drivers in our car,” he told Sky Sports HQ.
“Lewis is an awesome driver and who has a great history here and I certainly wouldn't rule anything out. But right now, I'm happy with what we have."
McLaren have Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso in their team for next year.
Jensen Button announced he would retire from F1 after Sunday’s season climax.
Despite Brown’s confidence in his current drivers, he told Sky Sports in a separate interview: “You can’t rule anything out for 2019, 2020. We will see what our current drivers want to do.”
A move away from Mercedes is unlikely
A move away from Mercedes for Hamilton looks unlikely at this moment in time. The 31-year-old signed for a further three years last summer and the team look set to remain the sport’s dominant force.
After securing his maiden world championship with McLaren in 2008, a move back to the team where his glittering F1 career started seems a great fit.
For now, Hamilton’s attentions will be firmly focused on beating Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in Sunday’s title decider.
We cannot wait.