Lewis Hamilton's mouth has got him into hot water before, but the reigning world champion has already found himself having to start the 2009 Formula One season countering comments he made in the build-up to the Australian Grand Prix.

The Briton acted quickly to diffuse speculation that his pre-season frustration at McLaren's lack of pace may cause him to look at other teams in future, insisting that he has no plans to quit the Woking outfit that not only gave him his F1 break, but also nurtured him through the ranks.

Despite emphasising that he had not been approached and was not in talks, Hamilton was quoted as saying that he would 'be silly' if he did not listen to offers from rival teams - a comment taken to indicate that he was already backtracking on his post-title pledge to see out his career at McLaren.

"I haven't had offers from other teams and I'm not talking to with anyone," he was reported as telling Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "But I would listen to an offer from another team if someone asked me. It would be a great compliment and it would be silly if I did not."

However, realising that his remarks may have been taken out of context, the 24-year old insisted on Friday that he still had no intention of deserting McLaren.

"I'm happy where I am," Hamilton told journalists in Melbourne, "All I said was that it's quite cool if you find out other teams are interested in you. It's good to know you are wanted, [but] I honestly want to see out my career with McLaren. I feel like it's my family."

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