Hamilton wants Button’s support in title quest

LEWIS HAMILTON would be happy for Jenson Button to now support him in his quest to win the Formula One world title.

It is a matter McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has confirmed will come under discussion before the next race in Brazil.

If McLaren opt to head down that route it is one Button is unlikely to be impressed with given his stance following yesterday’s Korean Grand Prix.

After finishing 12th at the end of a chaotic race due to a variety of issues with his car, Button, who trails race winner and championship leader Fernando Alonso by 42 points, was initially defeatist.

With only 50 to play for, Button admitted his hopes of retaining his title were “pretty much gone”.

Yet an hour later after a period of contemplation and being faced with the question as to whether he would support Hamilton, who is 21 points behind Alonso, the response was a touch more steely and insisted that while he was still mathematically in the hunt, he would fight to the bitter end.

Whether Whitmarsh will view it that way is another matter, however, but given Button’s strong views this year on being a number two driver it is likely to be an intriguing conversation.

Whitmarsh will be fully aware of Button’s stance as the 30-year-old has made it clear he would be unwilling to entertain such a role.

From Hamilton’s perspective he can appreciate the awkward position Whitmarsh is now in, although in an ideal world would relish having Button in his corner in Brazil and Abu Dhabi. “We both push as hard as we can to score as many points as we can for the team,” Hamilton said.

“Clearly we’re both far behind, him further than me. I’m 21 points behind, so I’ve got to get a lot of points.

“I don’t know what will happen. You will have to speak to Martin on what he thinks he will have to do.

“All I know is I have to get as high up as possible, and it would be fantastic to have Jenson with me.”

As far as Whitmarsh is concerned, the issue will be reviewed as he said: “I think at the moment we will think about that. We had a disappointing day with Jenson, whilst Lewis is still very much in the hunt. Mathematically it’s not impossible for Jenson, but it looks quite tough, very difficult for him.

“So we’ll talk about that before we get to Brazil.”


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