Lewis Hamilton has confirmed that he has no intention of leaving McLaren despite seeing his 2010 world championship bid hit by a run of poor results in the final third of the season.
The Briton has seen top spot in the standings become fourth, with a 28-point deficit, since Hungary and admits that he needs to be winning races between now and the end of the season in Abu Dhabi next month if he is to rein in Red Bull's Mark Webber. However, despite his frustration - even though two of the three retirements he has suffered since the Budapest round have been of his own making - and rumours of interest from Maranello, Hamilton insists that his future lies with the team that nurtured him through the junior ranks and very nearly delivered a world title in his rookie F1 season.
"Ferrari is a legendary team and it's one of those teams that has made the history, alongside McLaren," he conceded to the BBC
, "but I don't think their cars look anywhere near as nice as ours, [and] I'm sure they don't have a factory like we have. I don't know the bosses at Ferrari but Martin [Whitmarsh] is an exceptional human being, and so is Ron [Dennis]. Working with people like that is something lots of people would wish to have. So I feel very fortunate.
"When I was at McLaren last week, for example, looking around, I saw that it was such a professional team that I honestly can't see myself anywhere else. That's how I feel at the moment.
"You never know what's going to happen in the future. Never say never. We've not always had the best car, we've not always done a perfect job, but it's a fantastic team with great history and at least for as far as I can see I will be here for as long as they want to keep me. Look at Ayrton Senna. He was the best driver of all time and he was at McLaren, so I'll be happy to stay."