Lewis Hamilton: Competitive car is the key to my future

Hamilton insists that while McLaren offers him a competitive car he sees no reason to leave the outfit

By Gareth Llewellyn

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Lewis Hamilton insists he will not leave McLaren as long as he has a competitive car amid intense speculation over his future.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to rivals Red Bull, and speculation intensified after he met with their team boss Christian Horner on the eve of last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

But Hamilton insists that while McLaren offers him a competitive car he sees no reason to leave the Woking-based team.

“I grew up wanting to be Formula 1 world champion. I’ve definitely not achieved all that I want to,” Hamilton said.

“I’ll definitely be spending as much time there until I do achieve what I’ve always wanted to do. In terms of where I am, I’m again just very fortunate to be a part of McLaren.

“It’s one of the best teams there, again with great history. We have a car that is capable of winning, as my team-mate showed at the weekend. We are the only other team that has won grands prix this year.

“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 also played down the significance of his meeting with Horner in Montreal. He added: “I know all the managers, the bosses, all the teams. I know [Ferrari boss] Stefano Domenicali, we chat all the time.

“I’ve known Christian since I was in the lower series, when I was going from Formula 3 to GP2, Christian was running an F3000 team and I used to speak to him back then. I spoke to a lot of people last weekend.”

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