Drivers continue to evade silly season rumours

© Ubaid Parkar, 20 September 2012
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SINGAPORE -- Rumours of the silly season flooded its way into the paddock at the Singapore Grand Prix forcing all drivers to seek shelter or just bucket it out.

Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez and even Nico Rosberg took centre stage as they fended off the same old questions regarding their future.

The best defence however came from Hamilton, who started his media session by declaring that he was only interested in answering questions about the weekend thus saving plenty of time for a lot of people.

The 2008 world champion has been rumoured to replace Michael Schumacher at Mercedes, but some reports even suggested that he could fill in for Nico Rosberg instead.

Rosberg appeared to be miffed, but in control, when he was confronted about it.

“That’s not a very useful question but I’ll answer it,” he said with a dry smile when asked what his future looked like.

“I did a long-term contract last year with Mercedes, you know,” he reiterated before running through his standard statement. “I am very happy where I am. Very proud to be driving the Silver Arrow and looking forward to many more wins.

“Good answer,” he summed up after a pause.

And at the end of his media session, he had a question of his own.

“What's the latest gossip? Jenson replacing Michael at Mercedes?” he asked wryly as journalists prepared to leave the Mercedes hospitality.

But Jenson Button had to think about the possible arrival of Perez as his teammate next year, which he approached with a much more convincing smile.

“I love reading everything. I read the papers, because we all do – even if you say you don’t – and the websites,” Button said. “I don’t know how much truth is there in any of it – not saying you guys (media) don’t write the truth, anyway.

“Funny thing there are no quotes from any of the people involved. It’s amazing how you write so many stories with no quotes from the people who are actually involved saying yes or no,” the Briton observed referring to claims that McLaren is seeking Perez. "I don’t know where (Perez) is going to be next year but there’s a lot of talk.

“It’s interesting to read all the rumours. There’s a lot of guesswork going on for everyone I think,” concluded the 2009 world champion.

Perez, meanwhile, said he has not received any formal approaches from any of the leading teams.

“There are so many rumours around. Before it was Ferrari, and now it's McLaren. Always, when I have a good race, they put me in a different team,” the Sauber driver noted.


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