Carlos Sainz says he is “very much part” of McLaren's medium to long-term project, and he is not thinking about moves elsewhere.
Ferrari insists that Vettel is its number one choice going forward to fill the seat alongside Charles Leclerc, who, over the winter break, signed a long-term contract at the Scuderia outfit.
Sainz joined McLaren in 2019 and enjoyed a successful maiden season with it, finishing sixth in the constructors' championship and achieving his first podium finish.
The 25-year sees his future at the Woking-based squad, and insists he is not interested in any potential driver market movement at the end of the year.
"I don’t know and at the moment I don’t really care if Sebastian’s going to be the catalyst [of the driver market] or not," he told quoted by Fox Sports Australia.
“I think as you guys know, I’m very happy in McLaren. I feel very much part of this project, part of this medium to long-term project.
“I cannot start thinking about anything else, unless it’s wanting this year to be a step forward from last year and keep working in the same direction, with the same objectives, and we will see at the end of the year.”
McLaren ended the 2019 championship fourth in the constructors' standings and was looking to build on its good form in 2020.
However, doubt has been placed over the season due to the coronavirus, which has pushed the opening race back to mid-June at the earliest.
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