FORMER world champion Lewis Hamilton has attempted to silence speculation he could quit McLaren by pledging his future to the team.
The English driver made no secret of his unhappiness at being hindered last season by his car, and is being tipped to move on soon if this year’s is no better. But on the eve of the new campaign, which starts in Australia on Sunday, Hamilton revealed he had reassured team principal Martin Whitmarsh that he intends to see out a contract until the end of 2012. “I’ve spoken to Martin today because I wanted to reassure him that I am here at McLaren, that I am committed to the team, committed to winning,” said Hamilton.
“This is where my heart and mind are. I’m not thinking about going elsewhere, I don’t have my people going elsewhere and doing any other talking. I can imagine how I would feel if I heard stories that they were looking for another driver to replace me, it would be upsetting and distracting, and I kind of assume that may have been the case. So I wanted to make sure I put that right, and why I spoke with Martin.”
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