Lewis Hamilton has used the word "abnormal" to describe the prospect of leaving McLaren at the end of 2012. The 2008 world champion is locked in negotiations with the famous British team, but he indicated at Hockenheim that he would like to stay.
"I have a lot of faith in this team, we're like a family," he told reporters. "Anything different would feel very abnormal. But you have to look at all your options and know all your plans, and not rush into things. Some of the worst decisions are generally the ones that are rushed," said the 27-year-old.
It is rumoured Hamilton and his management are arguing with McLaren over his retainer and other contractual details. Insiders regard his potential alternatives for 2013, including Lotus and Mercedes, as highly unlikely. Lotus, in particular, would almost certainly have to involve a big pay-cut.
Asked if that is possible, Hamilton answered: "I have to be careful how I answer this -- it could affect my bargaining power. It goes without saying for me that the number one priority is the car." (GMM)