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Button expects Hamilton shock

Jenson Button believes Lewis Hamilton has not lost his pace since his move to Mercedes, and insists his former team-mate will 'shock you all'
Jenson Button has moved to defend former team-mate Lewis Hamilton, insisting that the Mercedes driver has not lost any of his raw speed.

Hamilton, who made the switch from McLaren to Mercedes for the 2013 season, has often been outpaced by new team-mate Nico Rosberg this campaign, and has failed to win a race.

However, Hamilton still holds the better position of the two in the drivers' championship with 77 points, while Rosberg has scored 57.

But Jenson Button, who himself has struggled with performance from his McLaren, does not believe Hamilton has lost any of his speed: "For Lewis, it is the same as it is for all of us - if he does not have a car balance that suits him, then it is not easy,” he told German Magazine Auto Motor und Sport.

"And, of course, Nico is fast. But Lewis has not lost his speed. It is still there. He will come back and then he will shock you all.”

Hamilton has bettered Rosberg's result in five of the seven grand prix's so far this season, and Button still believes Hamilton has the speed: “You have to be fair. He has at least scored significantly more points than Nico. Lewis is incredibly fast." He added.

Button also gave his views on the upcoming FIA international tribunal on Thursday, in which Mercedes must attend for their role in a 1,000km Pirelli tyre test after the Spanish Grand Prix.

The 33-year-old says he believes Mercedes gained no advantage from the test, and that he trusts both Hamilton and Nico Rosberg: “Both drivers said no,” he added.

“You have to believe them. Otherwise they would be liars. So I believe them."




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14.04.2013- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 leads Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
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22.05.2013- Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28
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22.05.2013- Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28
The Mercedes AMG F1 W05 of Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 is recovered back to the pits.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
The Mercedes AMG F1 W05 of Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 is recovered back to the pits.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
The Mercedes AMG F1 W05 of Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 is recovered back to the pits.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 running sensor equipment.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 rear wing detail.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 running sensor equipment.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.

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Kyunoske

June 17, 2013 8:22 PM

JimCrint - I read almost all the articles and posts and don't remember anyone calling LH the next Senna. Every driver will struggle to win without the best package. It's not like JB forgot how to race and can't ever win again. The McLaren is rubbish and JB/SP results show that. If the Redbull was equal to the McLaren in terms of pace SV wouldn't be winning either. It's all about the complete package Car/Driver/Pit stops.



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