Originally Posted by Echo M3
Probably a ploy to get more money from Mclaren. It would be crazy to join Mercedes: their future in F1 is unclear, and they have yet to deliver and develop a proper, competitive car. His only realistic options are Red Bull, Ferrari, or Mclaren. And the former two appear to be off the list.
This, his management company is just using it as a negotiating tactic. They probably approached any team that's worth believing. Like it says ferrari and redbull said F-off, the only one left that is believable and would consider him is mercedes.
However, Mclaren have not been providing good support, with a subpar car and absolutely atrocious pit stops, so it's still believable he might be disappointed enough to truly consider a switch/