F1 » Hamilton exit good for Button, says Brundle

Martin Brundle has said that Lewis Hamilton's exit from McLaren is good news for Jenson Button, even though he still expects Hamilton to win races during the 2013 season.

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WeStY1989 - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 5:05 PM

pole position i totally agree ... i havent got anything against button but yeah he aint fast enough unless the car is absoloutly perfect and the setup is bang on... whereas others have got the raw talent to take the speed if the car is a bit of a dog..

Pole Position - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 5:22 PM

@ WeStY1989 I know it's hard for the Button fans to hear. But, the man just isn't good enough. I rate him as the 5th best driver on the grid. Behind Raikkonen. I know the truth hurts.

SP - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 8:03 PM

Ahhh - the real silly season - all the predictions from those (not) in the know - I love it!!!

Let's wait for to see who's spoken through their mouth, and those out their ar5e!!!

Only 63 days 9 hours to wait

jim crint - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 3:08 PM

@pole, you are joking, right?

Button not good enough? Not good enough to do what, exactly?

Not good enough to be in F1? Well, he's been there for quite a while now. Not good enough to win races? He's done that 15 times. Not good enough to be WDC? Well he's got one of those...

The great Alonso cracked when Hamilton arrived. Kimi was out driven by Massa in 2008. Hamilton got trounced in 2011 by, ummm, oh yeah, Jenson Button, the only time Lewis has ever been beaten by a team mate. And who was it who lost it when Button joined BAR. Villeneuve....remember him? Indy 500, F1 WDC....!

Pole Position - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 7:39 PM

@ jim crint He's not good enough to win another WDC. And the only reason he won his WDC at Brawn was because they found a loophole in the regulations with the blown diffuser. When the other teams caught up in the 2nd half of the season he barely hung on. In fact the last race he won that year was in Turkey, remember? He didn't win another race after that.


January 13, 2013 8:13 PM

@ PP, I'm no JB fan, I may even be his biggest armchair critic, but him being out qualified by 'the fastest man in f1' hasn't stopped him scoring more points than him. McLaren unreliability and inneficiency may have cost Hamilton this year, Button's abillity to actually cross the finish line however appears to be enough to nulify the so called 'raw pace', McLaren could build a car for 2013 where Buttons only real competition is his team mate for half a season (just as Brawn did on 09), and we saw the result of that

doodle - Unregistered

January 14, 2013 11:14 AM

JIM CRINT is this the same Button that got absolutely mullered by Giancarlo Fisichella in 2001??

Fisichella possibly Ferraris slowest driver ever except for Badoer!!

Bit embarassing for Button to be beat by this guy dont you think?

jim crint - Unregistered

January 14, 2013 12:32 PM

@pole position - again you can't have it both ways. You say that Hamilton's lack of success this year was down to the team, all about Mclaren screw ups and reliability issues, which I would agree with. Yet you're saying here that Buttons drop off in results in the 2nd half 2009 was down to him, nothing to do with Brawn being out developed by teams with more resources, notably Red Bull!!! Honda, having produced an absolute dog of a car in 2008, put everything into the 2009 car which with, not only the innovative exhaust blown diffuser, but, after they pulled out, Mercedes engines, was the class of the field at the start of 2009. Brawn did not have the money or manpower to develop the car through the season like Mclaren, Ferrari & Red Bull and consequently by mid-season they began to struggle. Button still put in consistent, point scoring drives, notably in Brazil which was the drive of the season, which is all you can do in a situation like that! He was a worthy winner that year, no que

jim crint - Unregistered

January 14, 2013 12:46 PM

@doodle - blimey, trawling the archives. Button was, at the time he joined Williams in 2000, the youngest driver to enter F1. In the first couple of seasons he did struggle with set-up but by 2004, as team leader at BAR he was consistently fast, on the podium, first pole position and things were looking good, which was why, in 2005, Honda bought out his Williams contract for $30 million!!! BAR were 2nd in 2004, so signing a multi-year deal seemed a good move on Buttons part. The fact that Honda could not produce a true front running car (until 2009, ironically just as they decided to quit) was not Jenson Buttons fault.

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