Lewis has his sights on Alonso as ambitious Perez eyes Hamilton's seat at McLaren
20:49 GMT, 20 September 2012
Lewis Hamilton and Sergio
Perez have launched charm
offensives ahead of the Singapore
Grand Prix with the future of both
drivers still in doubt.
Hamilton, who is considering a
move to Mercedes next year,
refused to talk about his contract
but did discuss McLaren's
Silent treatment: Hamilton refused to discuss his future at McLaren on Thursday
'We have always been
able to turn things around even if
we start badly,' said Hamilton,
who still hopes to catch Ferrari's
Fernando Alonso, the
'You have to have confidence the team have done a good job, which I have always had. We are in a good place and the car is feeling great.'
Meanwhile Perez, having been told by Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo he will not replace Felipe Massa, tried to ensure his name remains near the top of McLaren's shortlist of potential Hamilton replacements.
'I feel ready to be in a top team, to fight for the title,' said Sauber's Mexican star, who has had three podium finishes this season.