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Hamilton expects Button to fly in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton believes that Jenson Button could be a real force to be reckoned with in Abu Dhabi next Sunday, now that he is no longer under pressure to secure the 2009 F1 drivers' title.
Lewis Hamilton has predicted that fellow Briton Jenson Button will make 'a real race of it' in Abu Dhabi next weekend, when the 2009 FIA F1 World Championship season comes to a close.

Hamilton saw his compatriot succeed him as the champion in Brazil on Sunday and he believes that the Brawn GP ace will be on form when the circus heads to the 5.554 kilometre-track in the Middle East.

"He knows that I've been supporting him all year, and I've seen him and given him my congratulations. I've been saying for months that he'd be a worthy world champion and I think he'll be a great ambassador for our sport," Hamilton told his personal website.

"It's great that the title will stay in Great Britain for another year, and I'd like to think that we'll both be up there next year fighting alongside each other to ensure that we keep bringing it back home to home soil.

"We both want to make our country proud, and you couldn't really have asked for Jenson to do any more this season: he's won six races and he's always been in control of himself and been a great asset for the Brawn GP team. He will make a great champion.

"I'm proud of what he's done - both him and his team - and I think he'll comes to Abu Dhabi with that weight off his shoulders and ready to make a real race of it.

"It would be fantastic for Britain if we could get a great double result at the last race of the season."

As for if he has any advice for Button, Hamilton added that he needs to make sure he enjoys it – although he warned being champion is a challenge in itself.

"Becoming world champion is a strange and unreal feeling. I heard on Sunday that Jenson kept on saying, 'I'm champion, I'm world champion,' and I kind of knew exactly what he meant. It's all too much to take in at once - especially in one day. For me, I still don't really think of myself as world champion - of course, when I first saw the number one on my car, it really meant something, and when I arrived at Melbourne for the first race, it also meant something new to me. But I still have the same determination to succeed that I've always had," Hamilton continued.

"My only advice for Jenson would be to let it slowly sink in, and to enjoy it. Being champion will pull you in directions that you hadn't previously thought about, and it's all about resetting your balance, finding calmness and refocusing for the new challenges ahead. But it's also an incredibly uplifting feeling, a total relief and it brings something special to your life. He'll be a great champion."

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Lewis Hamilton and Martin Whitmarsh. McLaren-Mercedes. Brazil 09. [Pic credit: www.mclaren.com]
Lewis Hamilton. McLaren-Mercedes. Brazil 09. [Pic credit: www.mclaren.com]
Lewis Hamilton. McLaren-Mercedes. Brazil 09. [Pic credit: www.mclaren.com]
Lewis Hamilton. McLaren-Mercedes. Brazil 09. [Pic credit: www.mclaren.com]
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Lewis Hamilton [Pic credit: McLaren]
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-24, Jenson Button (GBR) Brawn BGP001, British F1, Silverstone, 19th-21st, June, 2009

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October 23, 2009 5:22 PM

In a way, it's good that the title was wrapped up at Brazil, it means that the 4 who were title contenders can go out without having to play the points game (although Vettel and Barichello are still going for 2nd), just race for the win! :D I do believe that Hamilton will win though, 17th to 3rd can't do anything but improve a driver's confidence no end. If he can get a decent qualifying result, he's looking good, especially with KERS. :D

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