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Hamilton: 'Loyalty has its limits'

ESPNF1 Staff
April 15, 2011 « Barrichello aiming for top six | »
Lewis Hamilton has had McLaren's support since his karting days © Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton has issued a small warning to McLaren that his loyalty will only stretch so far if the team fail to continue to challenge for championships.

Hamilton's future has been the focus of much speculation during the early part of the season, after Red Bull said he would always have to be "a topic" for the team. Hamilton has on numerous occasions said that he is happy at McLaren and doesn't want to leave, but he has also yet to quash rumours he could be willing to switch teams.

Having surpassed Jim Clark's record of loyalty to one team in Formula One, Hamilton said it didn't mean he wouldn't consider a move elsewhere in the future.

"I have got only a short period in Formula One and I want to be competitive," he said. "I want to win championships. If you're in a good enough place and you're happy then there's no need to go anywhere. I've always enjoyed racing here and would like to continue but at the end of the year you have to assess what position you're in and what's happened."

When asked if loyalty had its limits Hamilton replied "It definitely does."

Hamilton also said he didn't know whether he would go through his career with one team after being asked if he envisaged himself staying with McLaren until he retired.

"I don't really envisage anything to be honest. I envisage myself winning world championships and doing whatever I need to do to win world championships."