Whitmarsh holds Hamilton hope
September 07, 2012 14:33:00 UK
McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh believes Lewis Hamilton will remain with his current employers despite rumours regarding his future.
Martin Whitmarsh expects Lewis Hamilton to stay at McLaren.
The 2008 world champion has been linked with a move to Mercedes, as the speculation regarding his future continues.
However, Whitmarsh is confident McLaren will be able to keep hold of the 27-year-old, who will race in the Italian Grand Prix in Monza this weekend.
He told Sky Sports News: "Lewis and his management company have assured me of their intentions.
"The media like this kind of speculation, but I've been doing this job too long to be surprised by things like that. It's a fairly incestuous paddock so you tend to know, certainly if you've been around for 20 years, what's going on.
"Often stories that circulate get blown out of proportion for entertainment reasons or whatever. So I don't spend any time, effort or energy on things like that. It will be resolved. I don't think it's a big an issue in this team as perhaps it is in the media room."
Hamilton is 1.66 to win in Italy this weekend, with his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button 3.75 and Drivers' Championship leader Fernando Alonso 10.00.
Hamilton currently trails Alonso by 47 points in the overall standings and is 8889.00 to win his second world championship.
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