Hamilton 'not worried' about Vettel rumours
25 July 2014 – Lewis Hamilton says he is unconcerned about claims that Mercedes is trying to sign Sebastian Vettel.
Ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Germany's Sport Bild reported that the Silver Arrows were hoping to lure Vettel away from Red Bull to form an all-German line-up with Nico Rosberg from the 2016 campaign.
It also quoted Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko, confirming approaches from both Mercedes and McLaren.
But Hamilton brushed off the speculation and questioned whether Mercedes would want such a partnership.
"I'm not worried," he said. "Another German driver? I don't know if that's something Mercedes would like.
"At the moment I'm here until the end of next year. So it's not going to be any time soon. But that's normal – Mercedes is the best and so everyone's going to want to drive a Mercedes."
Hamilton added that it is his desire to extend his stay at Mercedes beyond 2015.
"We haven't sat down yet but the team know that I would like to push to continue and they have made it clear that they would like to do the same," the 2008 World Champion commented.
"I've been with Mercedes since I was 13 so I very much feel like I have Mercedes imprinted in my chest.
"You never know what's going to happen, but I can't particularly see myself anywhere else. But if they happen to want someone else that's the way it is, I'm not going to whinge about it, there's places for everyone."