McLaren: We want Hamilton to stay

McLaren team Principal Martin Whitmarsh recently says that they will keep current drivers line-up for next season, and he admits that McLaren want Hamilton to stay for upcoming season.

In Italian Grand Prix paddock boost up a report that Lewis Hamilton will joins Mercedes for 2013 Formula 1 season, but instantly McLaren and his management XIX Entertainment deny this story. Pending declaration is still raise up the talks about McLaren and Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton’s current deal with McLaren expired at end of this season, still his management and Woking based team talking a new deal for next season. End of the 2012 F1 first half both parties say deal set during the summer break, but they are still waiting.

When asked if McLaren have supports plan if a deal with Hamilton cannot be agreed, he replied: “I haven’t given plan B any thought.

“We want Lewis to stay, and we want him to stay if he wants to stay. I’ve a number of priorities, in terms of when you are trying to win a championship, and you divide your time, energy and focus on those things.

“One of them is making the car faster, better; another is dealing with all the operational issues to make sure you don’t make mistakes, and the other is dealing with your own drivers. But rightly or wrongly I haven’t spent a lot of energy on that subject [of drivers].”

Martin Whitmarsh is expecting to seize talks with his management company, Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment, throughout the next two weeks.

“As you know we deal with management companies, not directly with drivers, which is the way of the world – or the way of the drivers – so I’m sure we’ll be having those conversations very shortly,” said Whitmarsh.


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