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McLaren: Hamilton-Button fight inevitable

McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh says F1 2010 is shaping up to be a 'classic season' - although he knows at some point he might have to contend with some fierce internal rivalry as Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button vie to be top dog at the Woking-based outfit.
McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has conceded that it is inevitable Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will fall out at some point during F1 2010.

Hamilton and Button have formed a good relationship over the winter, but it remains to be seen what will happen when they actually start to race against each other, although the first indication of that will come this weekend when the season starts in Bahrain.

Speaking to British tabloid newspaper, The Daily Mail, Whitmarsh admitted there could be trouble ahead: "At some point, one of them is going to feel uncomfortable because he is getting beaten by the other," Whitmarsh confirmed.

Meanwhile despite expecting fireworks between his two pilots, Whitmarsh is still looking forward to F1 2010. Indeed he thinks it will be a vintage year and he has been 'encouraged' by the progress made over the winter with the new MP4-25.

"I can't remember the start of a F1 season where there's been so much interest, excitement and anticipation," Whitmarsh added. "The closeness of the winter tests, our double-champion line-up, the return of a F1 legend and the presence of four world champions on the grid mean that 2010 is already shaping up to be a classic season.

"From our side, we've been engaged in one of the most painstakingly diligent pre-season programmes that we've ever undertaken. We've amassed an enormous amount of data and we've learnt a considerable amount about MP4-25 in just four brief tests. We've been encouraged by our progress, we've been delighted with the input of both Jenson and Lewis and, finally, we feel ready.

"Make no mistake: we're a team of racers. We've been waiting impatiently for the first race to arrive for many months. We feel we've risen to the challenge and we can't wait to get started - Bahrain is a demanding track for both the team and the drivers and we're looking forward enormously to racing in the home of one of our primary shareholders. It promises to be a fantastic grand prix."

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29.01.2010 Newbury, England, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren Mercedes - Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes MP4-25 Launch
29.01.2010 Newbury, England, - car detail - Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes MP4-25 Launch
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Martin Whitmarsh CEO McLaren (GBR), Chinese F1 Grand Prix, Shanghai, 17th-19th, April 2009

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March 08, 2010 5:07 PM

Their fighting worse at Merc. Rosberg has already hinted that when it comes to data-sharing, there are some things you keep for yourself. Add the earlier comments on dangerous driving and the statement that he was not number two and you can see that Merc is in for a long year between the two. Haug even said that it may take MS a few races to catch his young conterpart. Oh my.


March 08, 2010 8:53 PM

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