Saturday 17 March 2018

Hamilton: I'm lucky to be at McLaren

Ian Parkes

Lewis Hamilton sees no reason to quit McLaren providing he has a competitive car.

Hamilton's future has been the subject of intense debate this week after reports emerged of a meeting he held with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner on Saturday in Montreal.

Hamilton's management company, XIX Entertainment, subsequently denied rumours the motivation behind the talks was to discuss a possible move to Red Bull.

The 26-year-old, who has another 18 months on his current deal with McLaren still to run, has also now played down the conversation.

"I've grown up wanting to be world champion and I've definitely not achieved all that I want to (in Formula 1)," said Hamilton.

"So definitely I'll be spending as much time as I can there until I do achieve what I've always wanted to do.

"In terms of where I am, again I'm just very fortunate to be a part of McLaren.

"It's one of the best teams there with great history, and we've now a car which is capable of winning, as my team-mate showed (Jenson Button) at the weekend (in the Canadian Grand Prix).

"We are the only other team that has won grands prix this year, so I don't see why you'd particularly want to move when you have the most competitive car.

"So as long as we have the car that can do the job, then there will be no reason to leave."

Hamilton maintains his chat with Horner was based on the fact he has known him for many years, as he does many of the other team principals.

Speaking at a car swap event with NASCAR's Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen, Hamilton added: "I know all the managers, the bosses, and I know lots of people at the teams.

"I know (Ferrari team principal) Stefano Domenicali and we chat all the time, with (Mercedes Motorsport vice-president) Norbert Haug we chat all the time, and Christian.

"When I was going from Formula Three to GP2 I had a meeting with Christian when he was running the Red Bull team back in Formula 3000 I think it was.

"But I know everyone, so I speak to all the people during the weekend."

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