Hamilton: No McLaren issues
Lewis Hamilton has been left convinced he did not leave McLaren under a cloud.
Hamilton's remarks stem from a recent conversation he conducted with mentor Ron Dennis, McLaren's former team principal who is currently executive chairman of the McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive.
The suspicion has long been that, upon learning of Hamilton's decision to quit McLaren a year ago and join Mercedes, Dennis refused to speak to the 28-year-old.
It was Dennis, after all, whom Hamilton approached when he was just 10 years old, informing him he would one day drive for his team.
From that moment on the two formed a close bond, ultimately resulting in Hamilton winning the world title in 2008 in what was Dennis' final year in charge.
The switch to Mercedes, however, seemingly soured their relationship.
This week Dennis has admitted he did not seriously seek to prevent Hamilton from leaving, suggesting it was "a necessary part of his maturation".
Dennis did remark of Hamilton, though, that he was like "a seed...that had grown deep roots within our organisation".
Hamilton, asked at Monza ahead of Sunday's Italian Grand Prix about Dennis' comments, shed light on the situation and dismissed rumours there had been any kind of fallout.
"We had a nice chat over the phone during the August break. We spoke for about an hour, and it was a really good conversation," he said.
"I just wanted to call. I hadn't spoken to him for a while, not seen him for a long tine, so I was wondering how he and his family were.
"He has had such a big role in my life, so I felt it was important to connect.
"In speaking to him I don't think there were any issues there. It didn't feel like it when we were talking, and it was good to hear him have positive things to say."
Asked whether he had ever had the feeling he had parted on bad terms with Dennis, he replied: "I never felt that way.
"I did it (left McLaren) in the best way I possibly could, although when you leave it's never a positive thing.
"But I didn't leave feeling like I had burned any particular bridges, and, after speaking to Ron, I don't feel like there were any bridges that had been burned."