Brundle: McLaren persuading Hamilton
Sky Sports F1 HD pundit says Lewis appears to be in a positive frame of mind in Singapore
Last Updated: 21/09/12 12:38pm
Sky Sports F1 HD pundit Martin Brundle believes Lewis Hamilton's more positive demeanour in the Singapore paddock could mean he has resolved his differences with McLaren.
The 2008 World Champion's future has been the subject of fevered debate in recent weeks with a number of reports suggesting Hamilton could transfer to Mercedes. Hamilton's rather muted celebrations after taking victory at the Italian GP were also interpreted as an indication that he could be poised to leave the team for which he has driven since boyhood.
However, the signs - and inside word - at Singapore is that Hamilton, who visited the team's factory in the wake of his win at Monza, is now becoming minded to stay.
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"Lewis looks in good form this weekend, he looks happy," Brundle told Sky Sports F1 HD.
"His mum is here as well, which I think is always a big thing for him, and I have heard from the team that he has worked very hard with them since Monza.
"I had a few chats before first practice, 'will he, won't he go to Mercedes,' and it seemed more likely he would stay. I think McLaren are going to do everything they can to keep Lewis, who I believe is the fastest driver in the world, in this car."
Perhaps tellingly, McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh also seemed relaxed about the ongoing speculation when quizzed on the 27-year-old's future, assuring Sky Sports News that reports of Hamilton's imminent departure had been greatly exaggerated.
"As is the case with this sort of thing, a lot of it is wide of the mark," Whitmarsh told Sky's Craig Slater ahead of Practice One.
"Most of it is misinformation. It is a private business of agreeing and understanding contracts and until everyone is happy and something is signed, I don't think talking about it in public is a good thing to do."