McLaren chairman Ron Dennis believes that the team could have kept Lewis Hamilton if they really wanted to.
The British racer will leave the Woking team to join Mercedes ahead of the 2013 season, ending his career-long association with the team.
It has been suggested that Hamilton elected to leave for a new challenge, but Dennis believes that it was more of a case of the team being unwilling to extend his deal:
“I think it’s wrong to portray that Lewis left this team,” Dennis told CBI Magazine.
“At the end of the day, you end up with a situation where you’re going to separate if the circumstances aren’t right. Life isn’t about one person deciding anything. It’s never that way. It’s about circumstances.
“Everybody says: ‘Am I bitterly this or bitterly that?’ What? I’m a realist. Did we have the ability to create a situation where we could have stayed together? Categorically, yes. Would that have been the right thing to do? We didn’t think so.”
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