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McLaren trashes BBC Lewis story

2012-09-06 07:56

MONZA, Italy - McLaren has rejected a BBC report suggesting Lewis Hamilton was about to quit to replace Michael Schumacher at Mercedes in 2013.

A McLaren spokesman said: "We have been told by Lewis Hamilton's management team that the story is untrue."

Former Formula 1 team owner Eddie Jordan, who gave Schumacher his debut in the sport in 1991 and is now an F1 analyst for BBC TV, told the broadcaster he had heard talks were advanced with Mercedes.

'DEAL IMMINENT'

"I believe Hamilton and Mercedes have already agreed personal terms and a deal could be imminent," he claimed. "Some weeks ago I said on TV that I felt Lewis was on the move and I had an idea at the time he had been speaking to Ferrari, which we now know is true, but I can now confirm his people have had meetings with Mercedes."

A spokesman for Hamilton told Reuters his management was "in advanced negotiations with McLaren regarding a new contract. More importantly, Lewis is focused on Monza and competing strongly for the championship".

Seven-times champion Schumacher is in the last year of his contract with Mercedes and has said he would not make any announcement about his plans until October.

There was no immediate comment from Mercedes.

Reuters