Jenson Button believes Lewis Hamilton will remain with McLaren, although his team-mate himself has refused to offer any indication over his future.
Hamilton was given the opportunity to clear the air as to which team he will be driving for from next year onwards after speculation linked him to Mercedes, but when asked whether he knew where he would be next year, the 27-year-old stoically replied: "No."
The speculation has been denied by his management team, XIX Entertainment, however, and now Button has backed that up by saying: "I haven't a clue if there's any truth in it at all, but I think I'll have the same team-mate next year."
When put to Hamilton that McLaren have won the last two races and Mercedes have won just once in the last three years, that clearly did not resonate with the Briton. "I don't think I'm really looking for anything to be put into perspective," he said.
"I drive for McLaren, we've won the last two races, we've got another great weekend, hopefully, ahead of us and that's what we've got to focus on."
Hamilton further insisted there was no deadline as to when he must make a decision, adding: "Obviously before next season I think would be useful."
Stating last week he needed to be business-like in his approach to negotiations, that suggested money, potentially through image rights and personal sponsorship deals, was now paramount.
So asked whether it was about money or other factors, a terse Hamilton said: "I want to win. I always want to win, every year you compete, that's why us drivers exist and that's why the teams exist. It's just making sure you're in the right place to do so."
Button believes that place will be McLaren, despite the fact he has been with the Woking-based marque since he was 13 and there is the possibility that he needs a change of scene.
"For all of us it can get a bit stale if you're in the same place for too long, but not here," Button said. "This is a great team which is always giving us the opportunity to fight for wins. Whether we've had the chance to fight for the world title, that is another question. But they always give you the possibility of winning grands prix, and that's what a driver wants."