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'Hungry' Button calls on Hamilton to 'share'

Confessing that he has 'never been so hungry' as he accustoms himself to life at McLaren, defending F1 World Champion Jenson Button insists the best way for he and new team-mate Lewis Hamilton to achieve on-track success in 2010 is to 'share everything' and 'work together'
Reigning F1 World Champion Jenson Button has called upon his new McLaren-Mercedes team-mate, compatriot and title-winning predecessor Lewis Hamilton to 'share everything' and 'work together' with him in 2010 as the pair bid to keep the trophy in Britain for a third consecutive campaign.

He might be entering the lion's den in some respects in taking Hamilton on head-to-head in the team that the Stevenage-born ace has practically made his own over the last few years, but whilst some cynics are predicting that Button will be eaten alive for his foolhardy bravado – or 'murdered', according to Eddie Irvine [see separate story – click here] – the man himself reveals that having just turned 30 and with a new challenge in front of him, it is he who is the 'hungry' one.

“I have never been so hungry as I am this year,” the seven-time grand prix-winner told BBC Sport, despite BBC F1 pundit David Coulthard opining that in joining McLaren, his fellow Brit has 'put his balls on the line' [see separate story – click here]. “It's a real challenge coming to a new team and working alongside Lewis.

“Some of the new hunger is because of the new environment. That's given me a real buzz, and I can't wait to get back to the factory to move us forward so that we can be competitive as soon as we step out on the circuit in February for the first test.”

That test outing will come at Valencia in less than two weeks' time, with Jerez and Barcelona staging further sessions during February, ahead of the curtain-raising Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir in mid-March. Having spent seven years with his previous employer – in its varying guises of BAR-Honda, Honda and latterly Brawn GP, with whom he lifted the laurels in 2009 – Button revealed that he has rapidly adjusted to his new surroundings, and is now eagerly anticipating both his working relationship and his duel with Hamilton.

“It's amazing how quickly you can feel part of the team,” he acknowledged, following a week spent in Finland with his new fitness trainer and some time on McLaren's simulator at its Woking HQ. “That's always a worry when you move from team-to-team, but I've fit in pretty quickly.

“I haven't talked to Lewis this year, but I spoke to him last year in December. For both of us it's great to work together, because we have both achieved what we set out to achieve initially, we have been through some pretty tough times and we have a lot of experience.

“We need to share everything – that's the key for us being ready at the first race – and I look forward to working with him. We will see what happens when we get out onto the circuit, and hopefully we can produce a car that's competitive enough that we will be fighting at the front.”

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Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes [pic credit: McLaren]
2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button`s first appearance in McLaren-Mercedes colours in early 2010 [pic credit: McLaren.com / http://twitter.com/TheFifthDriver]
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Rus the Bus - Unregistered

January 20, 2010 2:38 PM

Why-oh-why do some of the "so-called" contributors to this forum write such appalling nonsense? Jenson Button is a worthy World Champion, who took six victories on his way to last years title. His points margin over the runner up was one the largest in recent history. He has joined a new team, having had no real chance of remaining with his old one - as Rosberg was already signed-up and obviously the Schumacher wooing by Ross Brawn was well under way before JB "jumped ship" If he's wise enough to go to a multiple championship winning team such as McL - so what? Let's see what he achieves - you never know, he may be a lot closer to Hamilton (under the new rules) than the doubters suggest.


January 20, 2010 1:01 PM

Good luck Jenson- you are right to remind people you are part of a team. Some of the myopic supporters that can only follow an individual rather than a team or the whole sport don't seem understand teamwork. Sadly for Lewis, a lot of these people seem to have latched onto him! Some of the bile spilled on this thread against Button for no reason is pathetic. OT- The Lorenzo Rossi fights were one of the best bits of last season for me. If Hamilton and Button do the same in F1 it will be a stonking season.

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