Lewis Hamilton says he isn't thinking about his future in F1 and is in 'no rush' to re-sign with McLaren despite admitting he is happier than ever with the Woking-based team.
A third straight third-place finish in China means Hamilton tops the championship standings ahead of team-mate Jenson Button, with the pair split by just two points going into the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend.
Quoted in the Daily Telegraph
Hamilton said his performances so far this season were a reflection of the work put in his by his team, but despite being happier than he has been for some time, the Briton said he wasn't going to rush into extending his current deal - which expires at the end of 2012.
“I have no plans either way,” Hamilton said. “I don't need persuading. When I need to, which can be within any time frame I want so long as it is before next year, then I will decide about my future. But the team are doing fantastic. I could not be happier in the team.
“I don't feel like walking away. I've not sat down and thought about my future. I have just sat down and thought about this year. Hopefully, I will still be here in the coming years in Formula One, which is what I want now.
“Everything is better this year. The team is better. The car is better. I am a lot better. I have got my dad here; we have a real, real good bond now. We are on the up.
"Things are great and that's reflected in my performances.”
Hamilton has been linked with a number of teams in recent years, including Mercedes and Red Bull, although all such links have been played down.