Whitmarsh: 'Let's hope it's just a gap year'

McLaren.com

23 November 2012 by Ryan Wood
          

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has admitted he would welcome Lewis Hamilton back at any time, even as early as 2014.

The 27-year-old will end what has been a successful 14-year relationship this weekend after agreeing a move to Mercedes for 2013 on a three-year deal.

Hamilton has likened the move to "almost like leaving home and going travelling for a bit," after admitting he will always consider McLaren to be his home.

That prompted Whitmarsh to concede that he would "have him back," adding, "so let's hope it's just a gap year."

The 2008 champion was quickest in both first and second practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix as he hunts the "perfect farewell" gift for the team.