Mercedes deny talking with Hamilton for 2012

Norbert Haug (GER) Mercedes Sporting Director with Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/25.  Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday 13 June 2010.

Norbert Haug with Lewis Hamilton

Mar.30 (GMM) Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug has dismissed reports linking Lewis Hamilton with a switch to the Silver Arrows for the 2013 Formula 1 season.

With the 2008 world champion’s McLaren contract expiring, speculation had linked Briton Hamilton with the race seat currently occupied by Michael Schumacher.

“I can dismiss that speculation out of hand, as it was only ever conjured by putting two and two together,” the German marque’s Haug told Sport Bild.

“Lewis was and is a Mercedes man,” added the competition director, “but there are no agreements or conversations in that direction.

“At the moment we have one interest only — making our car as fast and reliable as possible, and then we’ll see where we stand.

“Only then will we talk to Michael about a possible extension,” said Haug.