Lewis Hamilton denies the assumptions that he is considering leaving Mercedes in the foreseeable future.

Mercedes are on the back foot at the start of season due to the car issues. Hamilton admitted after the Sprint at Imola that they were not in the title contention.

The Silver Arrows’ poor form triggered suggestions that the Briton might not want to stay in the team after his contract expired. Hamilton himself commented on the matter.

“I’ve seen a couple of comments from certain individuals that I remember growing up respecting when I was younger,” he said.

“Ultimately, their comments are silly, and a bunch of nonsense, all in the aim to get headlines to keep themselves relevant.

“Look, I’ve been with Mercedes since I was 13. We’ve had amazing times together; we’ve ridden the highs and lows together. I am 100 percent committed to this team – there’s nowhere else that I want to be.

“Just because we’ve hit a rough patch, it’s not in my DNA to back out.

“We are still world champions and we can fix this, it’s just going to take longer and it’s going to take a painful year.

“I think, ultimately, this is going to be a painful year that we’re going to have to ride out together and with the belief that we can rectify it, at some point maybe through the year, or even, worst-case scenario, at least for next year.”

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