Lewis Hamilton has expressed his desire to stay at Mercedes despite recent suggestions he could leave the team due to his rivalry with Nico Rosberg.
The Brit ended his lengthy spell with McLaren to join the Silver Arrows ahead of the 2013 campaign and after an inconsistent first year, he now appears on course to claim his second world title following victory in last week’s Japanese Grand Prix.
However despite his excellence, there has often been a suggestion that his colleague Rosberg is favoured by the team and that Hamilton could look to leave the Brackley outfit, although this has been rejected by team bosses who say negotiations over a contract extension are currently ongoing.
The 29-year-old goes into this week’s Russian Grand Prix with a 10 point lead over his colleague in the Drivers’ Championship and is the 1.67 favourite to win the race in Sochi, while the German is second in the betting at 3.00.
With a year still to run on his current deal, Hamilton has now moved to play down the reports of a possible departure, insisting he is happy at Mercedes and that both he and the team would be happy for him to sign a new deal.
“We have always been treated 100 percent fairly,” he told Sport Bild.
“I have never had any of those thoughts. Mercedes is one of the coolest and most traditional brands in the world.
“I still have a contract for next year. I feel very happy here, for me it is like a family. The team and I have a positive feeling that we should stay together beyond next year.”