F1 » Herbert: A 'tough' Button can pip Hamilton to crown

Former British Grand Prix winner Johnny Herbert gives Jenson Button a welcome vote of confidence ahead of F1 2010 - acknowledging that it will be no mean feat to successfully take on and beat Lewis Hamilton at McLaren-Mercedes, but insisting that the reigning world champion can do it

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Fred - Unregistered

January 20, 2010 3:13 PM

The British media is so biased in favour of Button - anyone would think Lewis wasn't British. It's all about "how will Button do, not how will Lewis do?". It's obviously because he is black and there are many racists who don't see him as British (I've seen such comments on other forums). Well, I know that Lewis has thousands of British fans who want him to win, and it's a shame their love and enthusiasm for this amazing guy is not reflected or backed up in the media.

Esteban - Unregistered

January 20, 2010 3:20 PM

Get a clue Fred, the British media is clearly biased AGAINST Button because they are all questioning his ability to beat Hamilton. Jenson should be getting more attention, he is the current world champion, drove some of the most incredible races seen in F1 for a long time last season, and is far less of a spoilt ****** than Hamilton. Racism? Grow up.
I have faith that Button's ultimate consistency will win the day over Hamilton's ego, if not in 2010 then next season.

Rus the Bus - Unregistered

January 20, 2010 3:26 PM

@ Fred. Trust me while there are some total idiots who are purely anti LH due to his colour - not everyone thinks that way! It is the 2010 fuel reg's that interest me and LH's foot to the floor style against JB's smoother sympathetic approach that I feel will play into Button's corner over this season. I am no more a Button fan than I am a Hamilton one, but I do feel that all those writing JB off before the lights go out are way off the mark. Me? well personally I would love to see Ruben's and Williams get the long-overdue Championship they both deserve - but we can all dream - can't we!!?

Ashley Miller - Unregistered

January 20, 2010 4:07 PM

Herbert has it spot on here IMO.
You can't ignore the fact that Jenson finished the 09 season as the champion, regardless of what the JB-bashers have to say about it.
With the championship under his belt, he'll have the confidence to go up against Hamilton. His years spent in the doldrums with Honda (something that Hamilton has never had to really deal with in his career) would have given him a huge mental toughness giddy-up, and now he's had a year to shine with what he's learned. He'll only be better in 2010.
But all things considered, they'll remain equals until they're head to head on the circuit. Speculation is rife but the results will say all we'll need to know.

Geoff Edwards - Unregistered

January 20, 2010 4:16 PM

What ever happens it will be a great fight!

Those writing JB off, should remember what happened to Jacques Villeneuve at BAR. It was his team from day one, but JB won mind games battle, and drove him out of the team the end of the season.

It will also be very interesting to see how the new regulations affect their respective perfomance.
LH brilliant at qualifying, foot to the floor sideways and fast vs JB smooth, easy on the car, fast and consistant. I just can't wait for the new season to start!

fzrexupru - Unregistered

January 20, 2010 5:19 PM

Let's face it there was no room at Brawn/Mercedes for Button. They had already signed Rosberg and wanted Schumacher. Mclaren were the only proven top team with a seat available so were the only sensible option for him. As many people have said Button will be easier on the car and tyres with a full fuel load on board so I think that over a race distance that may be a balancing factor against Hamilton's pace and agression

andrew mac

January 20, 2010 5:35 PM

Fred - there is always bias in the media. Fact of life. To say it is "race" is a load of bull except mabye in BNP publications. It is mabye because Button has served some form of apprenticeship in crap cars, has kept his nose clean and despite years in the wilderness of F1 has remained quite determined to succeed. Since Hamilton entered F1, he has been involved in spygate (mabye not directly but mud sticks), liegate and has been quite arrogant and opinionated about oponents at times. But so suggest it is race is generally crap. The world extends beyond skin colour incase you hadn't noticed and us educated folk base our opinions on someone's character, not appearance.

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