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Reports linking me to McLaren are ‘just rumours’ – Motorsport Week

Sebastian Vettel says reports he is a contender for a future seat at McLaren are “just rumours”.

Vettel is out of contract at Aston Martin at the end of the current campaign, having joined the Silverstone-based team at the start of 2021.

McLaren currently have Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo under contract for 2023, but the latter’s future with the team has been thrown into question amid a difficult period.

Ricciardo has consistently been outclassed by Norris throughout his time with the team, with Norris scoring the majority of McLaren’s points so far in 2022.

The Aussie has recently affirmed his commitment to the team, saying he won’t be giving up his contract.

A recent report has suggested that Vettel, Alexander Albon and Oscar Piastri are in the frame to replace Ricciardo in the squad.

However, Vettel denied he was close to signing a deal with the Woking-based outfit.

“I think Lando has a contract,” Vettel said when asked about the matter. “No, I know some people there but I think they’re just rumours.”

Vettel’s future beyond the current season is yet to be confirmed, but he says he’s in no rush to announce his upcoming plans.

“Well, I’m racing this weekend and the next,” Vettel said. “So obviously I said at some point we’ll start talking and I’m talking to the team.

“I think there is a clear intention to continue and we will soon see where we are.”