Lewis Hamilton has responded to reports linking him with a possible move to Red Bull by insisting he has never thought of himself as a driver for the defending F1 champions.
Reports during the Canadian Grand Prix stated that Hamilton had held a private 15-minute conversation with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, which in turn led to speculation that the Briton's future may have been a topic of discussion. The cover of the latest issue of Austrian magazine Sport Woche
depicts him mocked up in Red Bull overalls.
Hamilton is currently in fourth in the championship but has been in the wars in the past two races and has dropped further behind Sebastian Vettel in the title race – with the German now 76 points ahead, equivalent to more than three victories under the current scoring system.
The 2008 title-winner has, however, insisted that he has never thought of himself as a Red Bull driver and is happy at McLaren, even during his current difficult spell on-track.
“I have not thought of myself in a Red Bull car or Red Bull suit,” the Briton told BBC Sport
. “As long as we remain competitive, there is no reason to go anywhere.
“People can have bad weekends and bounce back. By no means am I giving up yet. If it's another bad one, it's another bad one. Even second would be a great finish, but I'm still massively focused on the championship.”