Lewis Hamilton tells F1 legends to keep their opinions to themselves
|By Jamie O'Leary||Wednesday, July 6th 2011, 12:16 GMT|
Lewis Hamilton has told the likes of Jacques Villeneuve and Nigel Mansell to "keep their opinions to themselves," as speculation continues to surround his McLaren future.
The British driver has been linked with a move to world champion team Red Bull to join Sebastian Vettel when his current contract ends ever since holding private talks with Christian Horner in Canada last month.
Former world champions Mansell and Villeneuve both said this week that he should stay with McLaren rather than risk being forced to play a supporting role to Red Bull academy product Vettel.
"I find it kind of funny," Hamilton told the BBC. "I'm not sure that anyone really cares what some of those people are talking about or their opinions. I think that if you have an opinion, just keep it to yourself."
Hamilton, the 2008 world champion, continued to dismiss rumours about his future, saying that he is more than happy at McLaren - for which he has driven exclusively since making his F1 debut in 2007.
"I have no plans. I'm not in any thinking process in terms of what's going on in the future," he added.
"I'm pretty comfortable in my current contract. [His McLaren team-mate] Jenson [Button] has his end this year and mine doesn't end until the end of next year, so I have a job for the next year and a half. All the energy and focus goes into trying to win and that's what I'm trying to do."
Hamilton currently lies fourth in the World Championship ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix, 89 points behind leader Vettel.