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Hamilton will never leave McLaren

December 10, 2008 12:34 IST

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton [Images] said he is so tied to McLaren that he will never leave the team.

Hamilton, 23, became the youngest driver to win the world title when he snatched fifth place on the final bend of November's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

"I was born and grew up at McLaren. It is my home. Yes, I confirm I will never change team," Hamilton told Tuesday's Italian daily Corriere dalla Sera.

McLaren team boss Ron Dennis has had a long-standing relationship with Hamilton and the driver highlighted this as a major reason for his desire to stay at McLaren.

"I have a lot of respect for Ron and what he has done for me," he added.

Hamilton also had words of comfort for fellow British driver Jenson Button [Images], who could be without a team next season after Honda announced on Friday it would withdraw from Formula One because of the global financial crisis.

The team will fold if a buyer is not found.

"It's a sign for sure. We've known for a bit that there are problems to resolve in the motoring world. I'm sorry for the team and for Button. I hope he finds a way out," he said.

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