Lewis and McLaren: Where did it go wrong?

Lewis and McLaren: Where did it go wrong?

Top driver, top team – on the surface, it was a marriage made in heaven, but McLaren and Lewis Hamilton always seemed destined to split, explains AUTOSPORT's Mark Hughes

The fairy tale that began with a 10-year-old karting sensation asking a Formula 1 team principal for an autograph at the AUTOSPORT Awards evening of 1995 comes to an end when the Interlagos chequered flag falls seven weeks from now.

Lewis Hamilton and McLaren thereafter go their separate ways. To many it seems almost unthinkable it should have come to this. However, the lingering hangover of the power-play between Ron Dennis and the young Hamilton on that evening has never entirely disappeared, even with Ron no longer running the F1 team and Lewis now a 27-year-old former world champion.

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