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Button warned: Hamilton is natural #1

Three-time F1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart reckons Jenson Button will find it tough this season alongside Lewis Hamilton – and that Lewis definitely has the advantage going into F1 2010 and the first round in Bahrain.
Sir Jackie Stewart has said that 2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button will find it tough this year at McLaren - and that in his view Lewis Hamilton is odds on to do better in F1 2010.

Stewart's comments echo those made recently by Nigel Mansell, who also said Hamilton is likely 'to have the edge' [see separate story - click here]. Speaking to British broadsheet newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, JYS added that it is going to take time for Button to settle in.

"Lewis Hamilton is extremely well established there," Stewart said. "It would be like somebody coming to join me at Tyrrell back in my day when I already had a considerably stronger presence there and knew everybody.

"I still believe that whatever anybody says about No 1s and No 2s, Lewis will be the natural No 1; the known commodity for the McLaren management and individuals. That for me still clearly portrays walking into the lions' den."

Despite backing Hamilton though, Stewart added that Button will be treated equally and that McLaren probably was his best option for the coming season, which gets underway this weekend in Bahrain.

"I have no doubt at all that Jenson will be made to feel welcome within the McLaren family," Stewart continued. "My only point is that when you are going in with someone as well established as Lewis is you choose carefully.

"But there are not many people who would turn down the opportunity to drive for McLaren. And I don't know in reality where else he would have gone.

"My gut feeling is that Button would have preferred to stay at Brawn-Mercedes. Whether he turned down the money while he was still in negotiations with Ross [Brawn], or whether Mercedes decided they didn't like what they saw in the second half of last season performance-wise, I don't know.

"But [whatever the reality] for me Lewis definitely has the advantage. Partly because he knows the team and the culture, partly because he has delivered results in the past and McLaren know they can trust him. He will stretch the elastic further."

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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, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren Mercedes - Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes MP4-25 Launch

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keech998 - Unregistered

March 11, 2010 8:46 PM

I just can't wait for the season to start. JS is right Lewis is naturally the number 1 driver, but i think that Button will be just as ggod if not better. We can all look back and say Fernando Alonso left because Lewis was number 1, but lets face FL left because he was matched and beaten by LH, and didn't like it. This season is going to be great. New cars, slimmer front tyres, no re-fueling=more over taking.... i hope... Whatever, the season wil be great, and no matter who is number 1 at McLaren, both drivers are ace, and tyre management and fuel load will play its part. :) Go team britain

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