Martin Whitmarsh has rejected claims McLaren
is now frantically looking around for a new teammate for Jenson Button
. Stories are circulating widely that Lewis Hamilton
could be about to jump ship for 2013 to Mercedes
Paul di Resta
, Kimi Raikkonen
and even Nico Rosberg
have been touted as potential candidates to replace the 2008 world champion.
But team boss Whitmarsh told Germany's Sport Bild: "I have no 'plan B', because I really think that Lewis is staying."
Some believe the long and rumour-filled negotiations reveal an impasse, but Briton Whitmarsh insists there is "no fundamental problem".
"Both parties want to continue to work together, we are just getting over a few details. "I do think the negotiations will be completed soon," he added. (GMM)