Lewis Hamilton is confident the McLaren team will prosper despite Ron Dennis's decision to step down as team boss.
Dennis announced at Friday's launch of McLaren's new MP4-24 that he would be handing over the daily running of the team to McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh.
And although the decision was expected, there are some questions about whether McLaren will suffer a result.
Hamilton, though, is confident Dennis's departure won't affect his chances of retaining the World title and paid homeage to the man he has known for over a decade.
"Ron is a huge part of the team," remarked Hamilton.
"He has racing in his blood, so he will never leave. He will always play a part, and I will always remain close to him.
"I've known him since I was 10. We have a great relationship, and he has made a huge impact on my life - and he still does today - and we are great friends.
"But the great thing is we have great people in the team. It is a huge team, and we are very powerful together.
"It is not as if we are going to struggle. We are very fortunate that we will stay a strong team."
Source : Planet F1