Fernando Alonso has defended Jenson Button's decision to move to McLaren-Mercedes in 2010.
Button inked a deal to team up with Lewis Hamilton back in November and many of F1's most high-profile figures have since suggested that he could regret it, with Jackie Stewart, for example, telling Crash.net
recently that the 2009 F1 world champion should perhaps have been more mindful of the bigger picture when making his decision about where to drive in F1 2010 [see separate story – click here
Alonso of course went to McLaren in 2007 and his one-year spell there was far from happy, with the Spaniard re-joining Renault for 2008-09, before then moving to Ferrari for the coming season. However, while his own experiences there and alongside Hamilton were turbulent, he doesn't think Button will struggle half as much as is being predicted.
"Jenson decided he wanted a new challenge," Alonso told SpeedTV.com
. "He was not absolutely happy with the new contract for Brawn and he is going to a very competitive team. Definitely he is happy, and for sure it is not a mistake."
Jarno Trulli meanwhile concurs that Button will be able to match Hamilton and won't be crushed by his fellow countryman.
"I can't see Jenson being blown away by Lewis," Trulli told BBC Sport
. "Jenson deserves to be world champion and it'll be a nice battle at McLaren. Jenson is a great guy and he will get on well with Lewis.
"I've been reading stuff left and right saying he will be blown away by Lewis but at the end of the day only the track will tell."