Hamilton will stay - Whitmarsh
Lewis Hamilton will agree a new deal to extend his stay with McLaren, according to the team boss Martin Whitmarsh.
There has been constant speculation about the future of the 27-year-old 2008 world champion who is now in the final year of his contract with the Woking-based Formula One constructor.
However, despite claims Hamilton could become the eventual successor for veteran Michael Schumacher at Mercedes, Whitmarsh firmly believes that he will still be one of their drivers next year.
The Briton is currently in contention for the drivers' crown after his win at the Hungarian Grand Prix last time out and Whitmarsh also feels the fact he has not agreed a new deal will not prove to be a distraction.
He told Autosport: "You get a few questions over a weekend about it, and it is clearly fascinating to some people, but I really don't think it is an issue.
"Lewis and I have spoken two or three times at length. I think we are closer than we have ever been, and I have known him since he was 11, and our conversations have been about how we are going to beat the other teams, and how we are going to try and win races.
"We don't talk about these issues at race tracks because I don't think it is the right environment.
"Ultimately it [the contract situation] is relatively straightforward. If Lewis wants to stay in the team, which he has told me he does, then he should do. And if we want to keep him, then we should do.
"If the answer to both those matters is yes, then I think it is eminently doable - so not something that has to have as much focus as turning up at races, trying to bring the quickest car you can and doing the best job possible."