Lewis Hamilton kickstarted his Formula One career with McLaren in 2007 after the Woking-based outfit invested heavily in him at youth level.
He won his first F1 title with the team in 2008 before moving on to Mercedes in 2013 where he has been ever since.
However, despite enjoying huge success with the German garage, Hamilton has admitted he still retains a soft spot for McLaren.
And he hopes to see them competing for the Constructors’ Championship next season following their switch from Honda to Renault engines.
“I have a natural place in my heart for them because I achieved a huge amount with them,” Hamilton said.
“I really, really hope that next year is a successful year for them and that we are battling with them.
“McLaren deserve to be at the front and have a fantastic team with incredible history.
“It’s something I’m incredibly proud of, what Ron [Dennis] did with that team, and it doesn’t matter who takes over that team, for me it’s always Ron’s team.”
And Hamilton is also looking forward to going toe-to-toe with his former team-mate Fernando Alonso next season.
And he hopes the two-time world champion will be be more competitive with the new Renault engine.
“I hope that with this new power unit they are up there with us,” he added.
“I hope you have an incredible world champion [in Fernando Alonso] up there fighting with us for the championship.”