They say never go back.
Much like a spurned lover fighting the urge to send a text to their ex, McLaren have tried - and failed - to distance themselves from making a move in the near future for ex-driver Lewis Hamilton.
Speaking to press during an otherwise dull off-season week for Formula One, McLaren boss Zak Brown was fielded questions about the World Champion. In all fairness to Brown, he merely stated the obvious; that any team in the paddock would welcome Hamilton with open arms. He isn't wrong.
"He is an unbelievable driver. There isn’t a team in the pit lane that would not be interested in having Lewis drive for them, us included.”
Although we're firmly in 'what-if' territory - Hamilton has shown no signs he is ready to ditch the strongest team on the grid - such a move would be likely if the Briton ever decides to part company with his employer.
One would imagine there'd only be two teams in the race to sign Hamilton in such a scenario: Ferrari and McLaren. The former would be clear favourites. Hamilton is self-proclaimed lover of the Scuderia. He idolised Ayrton Senna as a child and has spoken in the past of emulating his Brazilian hero at Ferrari.
The Italians too, would jump at the chance to replace Hamilton; Kimi Raikonnen is coming to the end of his career, and a Sebastian Vettel - Lewis Hamilton partnership is the stuff dreams are made off, however flammable it could be.
McLaren, however, would be firmly in the hunt for Hamilton. The driver started his career with the team way back in 2007, and he won his maiden world title with them in 2008. Ron Dennis, the ex-McLaren chief, was very close to Hamilton, having tipped him for future F1 glory whilst a karting youngster. Hamilton still has ties to the team and a return would represent a romantic conclusion to an illustrious, record-breaking career.