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Ferrari issues retort to Leclerc Mercedes rumours

Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton have already issues responses to the latest driver market rumour at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Ferrari Team Principal Frederic Vasseur has underlined Charles Leclerc's commitment to the team after the Monegasque was linked to Mercedes. Leclerc has been touted as a replacement for Lewis Hamilton at the Silver Arrows when the seven-time World Champion steps away from Formula 1. Speaking ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend, Leclerc played down the speculation and explained: "I'm fully committed to Ferrari, and I love Ferrari. "It's always been a dream for me to be in this team - and my main priority it to win the World Championship with the team, so no, [moving to Mercedes] is not something in my mind." But whilst Hamilton also cooled the rumours by highlighting his own wish to continue with Mercedes, having indicated a desire to remain with the German manufacturer 'for life' last season, the links between Leclerc and Mercedes have not disappeared.

Leclerc committed

Asked for his view on the rumours, Vasseur told media, including RacingNews365.com : "I am not sure [about the Mercedes links], it is not what Charles said. "Charles confirmed that he is committed to the project and he wants to be World Champion with Ferrari. "I am confident that you don't have to focus on the last two races. We want to build up something with our drivers, I have always said the drivers are key in the project and you have to build up the team around them, that is what we are doing."

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