Lewis Hamilton feels confident about 'fresh' McLaren contract
It has certainly been an interesting, if not taxing, season for McLaren's Lewis Hamilton; however, this has not dampened the young British driver's thoughts about his future at McLaren...
Hamilton has been a member of McLaren since the tender age of 13; he joined their ranks after being spotted for his talents at a very young age – despite this, there has been a great deal of speculation that Hamilton could soon be making a departure from McLaren following a turbulent season, which saw him comprehensively beaten by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.
Although Hamilton's current deal reaches its expiry date at the end of next year, the 26-year-old appears confident that things are not set for a great upheaval, saying: "I don't think there's any question of my commitment to the team,
"I just want to continue on this path," he added.
Hamilton also commented that he feels confident about staying at McLaren following his current contract reaching its end next year.
Amidst the speculation were rumours that Hamilton could be linked with a move to McLaren's biggest rivals, Red Bull; the rumours went into overdrive after Hamilton met with Red Bull boss Christian Horner at the Canadian Grand Prix – Speculation was fuelled further as news emerged that both Felipe Massa and Mark Webber's contracts also expire during 2012, leaving seats available at both Ferrari and Red Bull respectively.
"Martin has already spoken to me about re-signing, so I know it's there at some point, and I guess at some stage when we have time we'll sit down,” said Hamilton.
"There's no real rush to have to do anything. The most important thing is to focus on the season ahead," added the 2008 world champion.
BlueSQ, 888sport and Stan James currently offer 9/2 odds that Lewis Hamilton will go on to win next year's F1 drivers' championship.