Moving away from McLaren 'abnormal' for Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton indicated that he prefers to remain at McLaren in the future in a team that he said was "like a family".

The Briton will be out of contract at the end of the season and has been rumoured to be linked with other teams for a seat in 2013, including Mercedes and Lotus. However, the 2008 world champion suggested that he prefers not to jump ship.

“Anything different would feel very abnormal," Hamilton was quoted saying by AFP. “For me, when you are in a position like this for the first time, you have to do due diligence, and you have to make sure that you look at the whole grid.

“You have to look at all your options and know all your plans, and not rush into things. Some of the worst decisions are generally the ones that are rushed,” he pointed out.

Hamilton made his Formula 1 debut in 2007 with McLaren and has remained with the team ever since, with the German Grand Prix marking his 100th race in the sport.

Of late however, the British outfit has struggled but the 27-year-old was nevertheless confident that it would emerge as serious title contender anytime soon.

“It’s been a tough 10-15 years for this team,” he said. “So I’m looking and waiting for that period to come where they have their highest point.

“They had it with Mika (Hakkinen) in the late 1990s and I hope that at some stage it’s our turn," Hamilton said.


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