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I am happy with McLaren, says Lewis Hamilton

by TNN Pictures: DPPI Posted on 18 Sep 2012

It doesn't matter that he's a former Formula One World Champion, it doesn't matter that he is on his fourth trip to India since 2008. The question right now on everybody's mind is where Lewis Hamilton
is headed next season

 

Lewis Hamilton McLaren

 

 

Strong rumours are linking Hamilton to a possible move to Mercedes GP next season to replace Michael Schumacher, who is all set to retire at the end of the season. The first question put forth to Hamilton, in Mumbai for the Vodafone Speed Fest at the Bandra-Kurla Complex on Sunday evening, was not surprisingly about Mercedes.

 

The Brit, however, kept his cards close to his chest. "No, I haven't committed to any team as yet. I don't have a timeline either. I won my first world championship with McLaren (in 2008) and I am happy with their background, the people and environment there," Hamilton said here on Sunday.

 

The rumour mills and the British media though are still buzzing with Hamilton's eminent departure. "There have been a lot of speculations and rumours about my move to Mercedes. But I am happy with McLaren. We have a great car and we are in a position to challenge the top teams. We are definitely in with a chance to win the championship," Hamilton said.

 

 

Lewis Hamilton McLaren MP4-27

 

 

The 2008 champion will be making his first visit to the country after his disappointing show at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit last year.

 

"It is great to be back in India again and for the first time I'll be racing in the night, so that should be a new experience. I have always received plenty of love and appreciation from the people here and expect a lot of support today," Hamilton, who drove the McLaren MP4-27 on the streets of Mumbai, said.

 

One thing that the McLaren driver, who is second in the world championship with 142 points, is apprehensive is driving on the Indian streets. "I think driving in UK is scary enough, the traffic on M-25 is crazy. But I don't think I can drive in Indian traffic. You need special talent for that," he said.

 

Asked who will hold the upperhand if he had to compete with Narain Karthikeyan on the Indian roads, Hamilton said, "There are no two ways about it, Narain will definitely win. He'll kick my butt on the Indian roads."