Formula One: 'Hamilton Won't Leave Nclaren Now'

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McLaren team principle Martin Whitmarsh is confident Lewis Hamilton will commit his future to the team.

Hamilton’s contract is due to expire at the end of this season and the Englishman has been linked with a move away from the team who handed him his first drive in 2007.

The 27-year-old, who won the 2008 drivers’ championship, endured a season to forget last year, coming under criticism following several crashes and incidents with other drivers.

He enjoyed a welcome return to form with victory at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on Sunday.

And Whitmarsh has given little credence to the rumours of Hamilton’s impending departure.

“There’s much more speculation outside of the team than inside the team,” he said.

“I think we’re focused on winning the races and winning a championship. I think it’s very clear that we enjoy working with Lewis. I think Lewis enjoys being in this team.

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“So we have full expectation of that continuing.

“He’s going to have many years ahead of him. He’s going to have many great wins ahead of him. I believe he’ll have those in this team.

“People look for (and ask), ‘is now a pivotal moment, or is this a special moment?’ I think (in) all of our careers we are progressing, we’re trying to improve, we’re trying to achieve our goals.

“That’s what he’s trying to do; we’re working with him and there’s a really good relationship at the moment.

“The main goal for all of us is to win this year’s championship.”

The next race of the F1 season, the European GP, takes place in Valencia on 24 June.