Will Button be 'murdered' by Hamilton in F1 2010?
Jenson Button's decision to jump ship from the safe and familiar surroundings in which he swept to F1 World Championship glory in 2009 to join compatriot and title-winning predecessor Lewis Hamilton at McLaren-Mercedes this year is one he will come to regret, that was the prediction recently of Michael Schumacher's former team-mate Eddie Irvine.
Indeed Button's move went against the advice of many of F1's most high-profile figures, with the conventional wisdom being that the 29-year-old doesn't quite realise just what he will be letting himself in for in going directly up against a man whose raw pace and single-minded determination to succeed proved enough to unsettle even double world champion Fernando Alonso in 2007 – when Hamilton was merely a 'rookie', and his team-mate was widely-regarded as the best driver in the sport.
"Jenson has entered the lion's den," said Irvine – who triumphed in four grands prix himself for Ferrari in 1999 – speaking to ESPN
. "It was madness of him to move. He thinks he's going to be able to eat his steak, and that's not going to be the case – I think he's going to get murdered! It's the worst decision he could have made..."
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