McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has said that he is 'delighted' with the news that Jenson Button will be his team-mate next year.

Hamilton and Button will form an all-British super team and the partnership will be unique as it will be the first time ever in F1 history that a squad has started the new season with a line-up featuring the most recent two successive World champions.

"It's fantastic news that Jenson has decided to join Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - and I'm looking forward to working with him and our engineers to make sure we kick off the 2010 season with a car that's competitive enough to win the World Championship," said Hamilton.

"I already know Jenson, and we get on very well together. We both really want our team to succeed. Although we'll be pushing each other hard, I'm sure we'll very quickly establish a great working relationship.

"He's an exceptional driver: very controlled and very smooth, and he has a real depth of knowledge and experience. I think we'll complement each other very well, and our collaboration will make the team stronger as a result.

"Also, I'm delighted to be racing alongside a fellow British World Champion, and I believe we can pull together to make Vodafone McLaren Mercedes the best team on the grid.

"I'm sure Jenson has already started to appreciate our team's unique culture and the special family atmosphere that makes it such an incredible place to live and work. We really are like one big family - and I'm sure Jenson will feel the warmth of that welcome from day one.

"Obviously, as a British driver, I'm also thrilled that we'll be flying the flag for the United Kingdom, and I think today's announcement is fantastic news for all British sports fans. I hope they'll be giving us their full support when the season kicks off next March. I'm already looking forward to Silverstone - it'll be massive!

"Looking ahead, I think the results from the second half of 2009 speak for themselves, and I'm convinced we can carry that momentum through the winter and into the new season. I've been closely following the development of our 2010 challenger, the MP4-25, and I think it's going to be a state-of-the-art car that will enable both of us to consistently fight for victories."

Hamilton meanwhile also paid homage to his former colleague and outgoing team-mate, Heikki Kovalainen, sentiments echoed by McLaren-Mercedes boss, Martin Whitmarsh.

"I want to send my best wishes for the future to my 2008-09 team-mate and now good friend Heikki Kovalainen, who is one of the nicest human beings I've ever met," Hamilton continued.

"I want to thank Heikki for his selfless contribution over the past two years," Whitmarsh added. "As well as being very quick, Heikki was and remains a great character whom we'll all miss considerably.

"It goes without saying that we wish him all the best for next season, and would be very pleased if he were to secure a good drive for 2010."


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