Leaving McLaren would be abnormal says Hamilton 20 July, 2012 Jul.20 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton has used the word “abnormal” to describe the prospect of leaving McLaren at the end of 2012. The 2008 world champion is locked in negotiations with the famous British team, but he indicated at Hockenheim that he would like to stay. “I have a lot of faith in this team, we’re like a family,” he told reporters. “Anything different would feel very abnormal. But “you have to look at all your options and know all your plans, and not rush into things. Some of the worst decisions are generally the ones that are rushed,” said the 27-year-old. It is rumoured that Hamilton and his management are arguing with McLaren over his retainer and other contractual details. Insiders regard his potential alternatives for 2013, including Lotus and Mercedes, as highly unlikely. Lotus, in particular, would almost certainly have to involve a big pay-cut. Asked if that is possible, Hamilton answered: “I have to be careful how I answer this – it could affect my bargaining power. “It goes without saying for me that the number one priority is the car.” Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsButton linked with Le Mans switch as McLaren ditherBoullier: I understand Jenson may not feel comfortableButton not concerned about his F1 futureAlonso now with Movistar backing key to 2015 gridHamilton staying at Mercedes, Alonso to McLaren deal doneMcLaren preview Russian Grand PrixAlonso in tough negotiations with McLarenMarko predicts Alonso is heading back to McLarenMcLaren deny Stroll to buy into teamMcLaren planning private Honda tests? McLaren Fan Nice wording Lewis, Ron could be watching. Hamilton answered: “I have to be careful how I answer this — it could affect my bargaining power”.