Hamilton: A lot of ‘rubbish’

Date published: September 17 2012

Lewis Hamilton says he won’t be distracted by the “rubbish” that’s around as there are “a lot of stories that aren’t true” being printed about his future…

Lewis Hamilton says he won’t be distracted by the “rubbish” that’s around as there are “a lot of stories that aren’t true” being printed about his future.

Having yet to commit to McLaren – or any other team for that matter – Hamilton’s future remains a hot topic in Formula One with plenty of speculation about where he may end up.

The latest batch of rumours have the 27-year-old heading to Mercedes as Michael Schumacher’s replacement with Sergio Perez reportedly being lined up by McLaren as Jenson Button’s 2013 team-mate.

For now, though, all that is just speculation as Hamilton has yet to decide where his future lies.

“I don’t have a timeline. My focus is on trying to win this World Championship,” Hamilton told Reuters.

“Of course I do have to have those things sorted out but I do have people in the background working on those contract negotiations.

“There’s a lot of speculation, there’s a lot of stories that aren’t true.”

He added: “I think we’re all wise enough to understand that people write things and that what is written is not necessarily what is true.

“I think the most important thing is that I’m 100 percent focused on winning with this team and taking them forward.

“I’ve been with the team since I was 13 and we’ve worked so hard since 2009 to try and win this Championship and hopefully, finally, we’re in the position where we can.

“So the most important thing is that I do not get distracted by all the rubbish that’s been around.”

As for the Championship race, Hamilton climbed to second in the standings when he secured his third win of the campaign last time out at Monza. The McLaren driver trails Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso by 37 points with seven races remaining.

“We’re in a very, very strong position, we’re getting stronger and we will get stronger through the rest of this year,” Hamilton concluded.