Hamilton and management 'have assured' McLaren
7 September 2012 – Lewis Hamilton and his management company have spoken with Martin Whitmarsh and all remain calm about the situation. That is according to the Team Principal, as speculation continues that the 2008 Champion could move to Mercedes.
The Hamilton-Mercedes talk has gathered momentum over the past two days, not least since team owner turned BBC pundit Eddie Jordan claimed his belief that a deal has already been agreed. When questioned at Monza, Whitmarsh was staying calm.
“It will get resolved, but I don’t think it’s as big an issue in the team as it might be with the media,” Whitmarsh told Sky Sports between Friday’s practice sessions. “The media like that sort of speculation but I don’t think it has unsettled us. Lewis and his management (XIX Entertainment) have assured me of their intentions and at the moment we are focused on working together.
“A driver has to drive where he’s happy to drive. The team and I wouldn’t want anyone who isn’t 100 percent committed to it because you can’t work like that - I have made that clear from the outset. Lots of positive things have been said to me but, then again, I have learned over the years that you shouldn’t get too excited until people ink the paper.”
Another factor to take into account is the 2014 engine situation, with Mercedes’ Ross Brawn having suggested that works teams may have an advantage when it comes to developing and managing the new turbocharged, 1.6-litre V6 powerplants.