Michael Schumacher has rejected rumours he might make room at Mercedes next year for Robert Kubica.
It is has been suggested that team figures want Pole Kubica, 25, to race alongside Nico Rosberg in 2011, despite Schumacher having a three year contract.
But although Schumacher slumped to just 15th on the Valencia grid, he said on Saturday he can "handle the pain" of his current situation.
"I'm not here with a short-term view, that I just look from race to race and I have to have a single result.
"From my point of view we have a three year programme."