Lewis Hamilton says he is embracing McLaren's future with fresh optimism after meeting his new "boss" for the first time at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The World Champion has had a turbulent beginning to his title defense, which has included seeing his former mentor Ron Dennis choose to step back completely from the F1 team. However, having committed his own future to McLaren in talks with team principal Martin Whitmarsh at the Chinese Grand Prix, Hamilton says he is now even more encouraged about the future after meeting new group chairman Richard Lapthorne in Bahrain.
"Ron has been a huge force in my life and we all owe him more than we could ever repay him for building this team," Hamilton told AUTOSPORT. "It is an exciting time for him with his new focus, but also for everyone in the team.
"I met our new boss, Richard Lapthorne, in Bahrain. He seems like a great guy and he is clearly passionate about McLaren. Together with Martin and Norbert [Haug] I am confident we can go onto more things with this team in the future."