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Let's not get carried away by believing everything the media claims Cal to be saying.
The media are only interested in making a story, and Cal himself is only saying what he wants others to think. Regarding contract negotiations, he only tells the media what he wants to be circulated to enhance his prospects. There's nothing wrong with this, everyone does it - posters here probably do it when they want a pay raise, or when they are trying to place themselves in the spotlight to get a deal.
Cal would be stupid to show all his cards at this stage in his contract aspirations. And he isn't stupid.
So far he has wrung at least two "final offers" from Lin and Herve, which shows that his strategy of playing one bidder against another is working in his favour.
And he learned last year that Ducati can't be trusted - they may just be tempting Cal to burn his bridges like happened last year, just to put him out of contention and move their bikes forward..
Frank Williams did the same to Damon Hill