Hamilton not worried by Vettel/Mercedes rumour

Vettel and Hamilton shake hands ( Daimler)

24 July 2014 by Ryan Wood

Lewis Hamilton isn't concerned by reports that Mercedes are considering replacing him with Sebastian Vettel in 2016.

The German outfit has reportedly been in contact with Vettel according to Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko, with discussions centering around a seat in 2016, once Hamilton's contract has expired.

It's not something that worries Hamilton though as he insists the team are looking to extend his contract - something he too is happy to do.

"My representatives haven't [sat down with Mercedes yet], but we've both shown interest in sitting down and talking," he said on Thursday.

"We haven't sat down yet but the team know that I would like to push to continue and they have made it clear that they would like to do the same."

When asked about the Vettel speculation, he said: "I'm not worried about it.

"Another German driver, I don't know if that’s something Mercedes would like, but at the moment I'm here until the end of next year. So it's not going to be any time soon. But that's normal – Mercedes is the best and so everyone's going to want to drive a Mercedes."