Despite a seemingly cool response from figures at Milton Keynes, Lewis Hamilton has again refused to rule out the prospect of being Sebastian Vettel’s team-mate at some point in the future, again igniting the rumours that the former World Champion may not be completely happy with his lot at McLaren.

Hamilton might claim to be a team player, but how much of one is Vettel? ‘Hamilton to Red Bull’ rumours were fuelled earlier this year by certain sections of the tabloid media, but Red Bull team principal Christian Horner recently rubbished the idea, arguing that having two “drivers of that calibre under one roof … tends to [result in] fireworks”. He used the example of Hamilton’s fractious relationship with Fernando Alonso during their single season together at McLaren in 2007.

But Hamilton is seemingly pressing ahead with trumpeting his ability to be a team player, according to comments reported by BBC Sport.

“Look at me and Jenson,” he is quoted. “World champions can race together as long as there is quality in the team. A partnership can work as long as a team exists to win a Constructors’ Championship and for the Drivers’ Championship.

“With our team being a manufacturer, it means equally as much to them to win the Constructors’ as it does the Drivers’ [titles]. I don’t know if that’s the same for them (Red Bull). It doesn’t necessarily affect them because they’re not a car company, but I think it (having Vettel as a team-mate) is possible,” he added.

What might Hamilton be doing with his smart phone in Sepang? It could be more than a round of 'Angry Birds'... And Lewis certainly isn’t frustrated by the rumours that he may not spend his entire Formula 1 career at McLaren, arguing that there are plenty of positives to be drawn from this.

“The positive thing is I’m being talked about, and that’s a great thing, which means I’m not forgotten,” he continued.

“Potentially other teams are interested in me, as well as my own team, which hopefully makes my team hungrier for me. But it doesn’t distract us, and I’ve made that clear to [McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh]. I’m contracted for the next two years and I’m committed to that, but it doesn’t mean I can’t promise anything.

“I am focused on my job now and I want to win world championships here, and I hope that continues, but you never know what happens in the future.”

One wonders how much of this talk from Hamilton is being encouraged by his new high-profile manager, Simon Fuller?

[Original images via AUTOSPORT]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.