Zak Brown has hinted he would be willing to reunite Lewis Hamilton with his former team McLaren should the Briton decide to not sign a new contract with Mercedes.
Hamilton enters the final year of his current contract with the Silver Arrows this year, but is expected to re-sign for the reigning world champions to continue his long-term relationship with Mercedes-Benz.
The four-time world champion signed with McLaren at the age of 13, eventually earning a seat in Formula 1 for the Woking outfit in 2007 – where he raced for five years.
Executive director Brown says he would be open to reacquainting Hamilton at McLaren in 2019 should the 32-year-old opt for a fresh challenge in his career.
“I don’t think there’s a team in the pitlane that wouldn’t be interested in having Lewis drive for them, us included,” Brown told reporters, quoted by Reuters.
“If anyone got Lewis, it would be great for the team. He has a great history here and he is very friendly with the shareholders.”
Hamilton’s future in the sport has been debated, with the record pole-sitter citing a desire to go into a new career once he retires from racing, something Brown believes will be key to when he decides to hang up his helmet.
”I am going to guess that he’s contemplating how much longer he wants to go. If you’re Lewis, with what you’ve done with Mercedes and where Mercedes are headed, you’d re-sign with the team,” he added.
”He’s talked about when he stops, so that would be my guess. I can’t imagine it’s money or the quality of the team.
”He just might be going ‘let me see how this year goes, what’s the rush? They’re not going to sell the seat from underneath me’. That would be my speculation.
“We might find they actually have signed and are just not telling us.”