Hamilton and Button’s head-to-head record at McLaren
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Posted By: James Allen  |  27 Nov 2012   |  10:27 pm GMT  |  342 comments

Lewis Hamilton’s final race for McLaren in Brazil represented a clear closing of an era for the Woking squad both in terms of its long-standing relationship with its one-time protégé and, after three season and 58 races in tandem, the team’s high-profile all-British world champion driver line-up.

While Hamilton’s hopes of saying farewell with an Interlagos victory were scuppered when Nico Hulkenberg slid into him at turn one, Jenson Button was able to pick up the pieces and lay down a marker for 2013 when he will inevitably assume additional responsibility and expectation at the team given the relative inexperience of the incoming Sergio Perez.

The other significant thing about Button’s win, and Hamilton’s no-score, was that it ensured that it was the elder Briton who ended the pair’s three years as team-mates with the higher overall points tally – 672 for Button compared with Hamilton’s 657 points.

While points alone certainly can’t reflect the whole picture of their time together at McLaren or act as conclusive evidence of which of the pair ‘won’ their team-mate battle, as the wider statistics we have gathered below will demonstrate, outscoring Hamilton over a three-year period certainly still reflects better on Button than many would have expected when he joined the team, Sir Jackie Stewart at the time famously remarking that the then newly-crowned world champion was entering the “lion’s den” in going up against Hamilton in the same machinery.

In terms of a per-season head-to-head tally, Hamilton finished with more points in two of their three years together (2010 and 2012) but in the middle season, when he finished as runner-up to Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ standings, Button outscored his countryman by a significantly bigger margin, 43 points, which in the end told in his final overall advantage.

Button’s win on Sunday was his eighth for McLaren in those three seasons but it’s Hamilton, with 10, who shades that particular head-to-head there, although  Button claimed marginally more podium finishes, both in real terms and as a percentage of the races he finished (50% to Hamilton’s 48.9%), and top 10 results.

Interestingly however, in the races they both made the chequered flag (37) Hamilton finished in front 65% of the time with his advantage on Saturdays, unsurprisingly given the pair’s well-established relative strengths, even more pronounced.

Discounting grid penalties, Hamilton ended qualifying with the better lap time on 44 occasions compared with Button’s 14, giving the 2008 champion a 76% success rate. Indeed Button’s pole at Spa in the summer remains his only one for McLaren, while Hamilton has added nine more to his career tally since the start of 2010.

In terms of race retirements, Hamilton failed to finish more often (13 v 8 ) but the majority of that difference can be explained by accidents or incidents across the three years, rather than car-related or reliability issues, despite the fact the 27-year-old arguably lost three additional wins through failures this season alone.

The statistic that will of course most disappoint and frustrate McLaren is the lack of drivers’ or constructors’ world titles the partnership yielded despite the consistency which saw Hamilton and Button, between them, win nearly a third of their 58 races together and finish in the points at every grand prix – the latter being a new F1 record for a team.

Hamilton v Button stats compared (highest respective tally in bold)

Qualifying
Faster qualifying time: Hamilton 44 / Button 14
Poles: Hamilton 9 / Button 1
Front rows: Hamilton: 23 / Button 9

Races
Wins: Hamilton 10 / Button 8
Podiums: Hamilton 22 / Button 25
Points finishes: Hamilton 45 / Button 47 
DNFs: Hamilton 13 / Button 8
Best race result (inc DNFs): Hamilton 32 / Button 26
Ahead in two-car finish: Hamilton 24 / Button 13

Championship
Overall points: Hamilton 657 / Button 672
Seasons finished higher in standings: Hamilton 2 / Button 1
Highest championship placing: Hamilton 4th (2010, 2012) / Button 2nd (2011)

 


You can read all about both McLaren drivers’ seasons in the JA on F1 2012 yearbook – The Year of Living Dangerously, which is published on December 7th priced at £10.99; it’s a 256 page large format paperback with stunning Darren Heath images and signed copies are available to order via our online shop now.

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I love looking at old postings to see who had it right and wrong.

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What really annoys the Hamilton fans is that they expected Hamilton to make Button look like an also ran. He didn’t. He was faster but less consistent. It’s Alonso that has both qualities.

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I think Button’s and Hamilton’s final race together reflected their different approaches. After the safety car, Hamilton chased down the Force India for the win. In doing so he tried for the win, but put himself at more risk in the battle. Button, either because of pace issues or choice, sat back and gained when Hulk hit Hamilton. You can argue in favour of either approach depending on your approach to racing. At the end of the day McLaren couldn’t offer either driver a real chance at the title after 2010.

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what about the statistic that jenson drives a boring race (other than canada 2011), he only won a title as brawn devloped to double diffuser.

I am a believer that all drivers given the right machinery will drive a satisfactory race, but only a few have the ultimate single lap pace. On single lap pace Ham wipes the floor.

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That’s why he always does better in qualifying for sure, but races are not one lap long, generally they are an endurance race of 2hours or 200 ish km.

This is how the tortoise Button manages to keep with the Hare Lewis.

I think Lewis is better than Jenson and certainly has time to grow even more, but I have watched the pair closely and followed the live timing at most races and often compared the two.

Button often races at a similar pace to Lewis during the race and there is a pattern to Buttons race craft which is part of his style and part of his nurturing of tyres (after all it is about endurance too)

Button often looses touch with Lewis at the beginning of a race. Why is that? Generally it’s because he’s nurturing his tyres and managing his speed, he then begins to reel Lewis in maintaining his consistent pace as Lewis’s tyres generally go off earlier than Buttons and Lewis’s laptimes fall comparitive to fuel loads and track conditions. This means that Lewis’s times might still be going up, but that his potential speed has fallen due to tyre wear or other issues.

To bluntly define how each goes racing you only have to watch a few races where Lewis goes off hounding every driver he can for position, which we all know can be hard on tyres, then his tyres lose grip and he loses speed. When that works it’s spectacular, when it doesn’t Lewis fails. Button’s approach is not so aggressive, he considers the race as a whole and not just each car to attack so he might consider what will happen after a round of pitstops or when such and such a driver might be more vulnerable to attack. Button’s method returns rewards similar to Lewis’s as the stats over 3 years have shown. After all that is what we are comparing. Their time together as competitive team mates.

However, Button’s method is equally fallable.

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So, clearly some people think that these stats puts Jenson on a equal footing with Hamilton,

With Mercedes wanting Lewis, Horner saying Mclaren are weaker with out Lewis, and MW saying we are losing are major asset –

Who actually thinks Mclaren will win a championship in the next 2 yrs?.

You can’t win a championship without being a pole sitter

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Hamilton suffers from the way he was moulded by the team. Ron distilled the ethos win at all costs. If your not first who cares! This was the biggest factor in 2011 in my opinion. The car was not good enough to win constantly that year and Hamilton drove in the manner of push the car so hard you win or crash. As the car was not fast enough to beat the Red Bull it meant a lot of crashing. The media, the public and the record/stat books don’t take this into account. For them consistency is king. By seeing the praise drivers like alonso got for his consistency Hamilton is starting to realise that it is important. JB drives for consistency, he knows that if he brings home the points every race he will be in the hunt. He is wise enough to know he does not need to beat Hamilton any race as if he is right behind him Hamilton likely will get a DNF and Button closes the gap. Button is always most upset not when beaten by Hamilton but when he gets a DNF as this damages the strategy much more. It’s not very romantic but Alonso and Button have proved settling for second in a race and not going for win gets you closer to a WDC than trying to be on the top step every race.

2011 Hamilton scored a lot less points but once out of the WDC and WCC quite early meant what was the point in securing a solid points score, none. May as well go for a remarkable drive to victory but unfortunately this just meant a lot of DNF’s and stats like those above which but a spotlight on a miserably 2011 season.

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You seem to talk about Hamilton’s problems (‘win at all costs’ ethos) in the preseent tense and then refer exclusively to 2011 for your evidence.

2012 proved that Hamilton knows how to drive consistently. You’re living in the past.

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Yes that is my point. This year he drove with consistency in mind and the media loved it. But the topic is looking at Hamilton and Button over the last 3 seasons (including 2011). It is this ethos in 2011 which does all the damage to stop the stats showing Hamilton as clearly dominant over JB. The stats don’t lie but in 2011 Hamilton was not driving for good stats. Only for wins.

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I believe Hamilton is probably the fastest pure driver and the best qualifier in F1.

But on Sunday’s – taking everything into account; pure speed, patience, ability to adapt to changing conditions/circumstances, passing ability, etc. – I think Button is the overall superior driver.

If Button was not such an average qualifier, he clearly would have beaten Hamilton’s point total by far more.

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On the topic of Lewis vs Button. We all know that Hamilton’s incredible speed and overtaking abilities makes him the more exciting and in theory the faster driver.

Commentators like to praise Button’s kindness to tires and ability to set up car among other BS praises about him. IMO, there is only one thing that button is great at, that is winning in chaotic rain conditions. I honestly don’t know how he does it, but Brazil 2012, Canada 2010 are amazing stuff from Button.

I think Mclaren only wish they can combine these two drivers to make DER UBER driver.

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First of all, let’s start on the positiv note that both these guys are excellent drivers, but that can be said about just anybody on the grid.

A lot of people, not everybody, seem to consent on the fact that Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel are the elite on the grid. But why? What makes them so special? Alonso and Hamilton are great fighters,they have this style a lot of people love to see. And Vettel has been champion for the last 3 years.This however doesn’t mean other drivers aren’t just as good. But I feel that Lewis was the better driver. Jenson was good, but I feel like he’s missing that extra bit. He’s very talented as well, and he can win the WDC again,but he seems a little more restricted than Lewis/Alonso. But he’s good enough to win the WDC in a good car, and next year might be his shot (and he knows that, he will be very motivated). He will be no.1 at Mclaren, let’s see how he copes with the pressure. He’s been in Lewis’s shadow all year, kinda like a no. 2. Next year people will look at him for results.

The fact of the matter is that the answer to the question ‘who is the better driver’ is prone to a huge amount of subectivity. Statistics are objective, but they don’t tell the full story.

I am a fan of Lewis because I believe he is a thrilling driver with amazing talent (very subjective). Lewis Hamilton, just like all the other drivers on the grid, believes he is just as good as everyone. Al these guys, Button included, want to be in the best possible position to challenge for the WDC. They want to race for the best teams, have the best car and get the wins. Lewis is no exception.

But drivers are human beings (some of us tend to forget that) and each human being has it’s own character. Lewis is a fighter, he’s passionate (borderline hothead sometimes even). He realy dislikes losing. Jenson is not different, but he manages better when he’s losing. I guess he manages to see the bigger picture, he picks up good points and hopes for his fortunes to turn around. He’s better at ‘staying out of trouble’. That, in my opinion, was the great difference in 2011, no matter what statistics say. Everybody got their butts kicked by Sebastian in 2011, Lewis absolutely could’nt cope with the Rb dominance and lost his cool. Jenson remained calm and picked up the pieces, without ever standing a chance to win the WDC. Lewis hated the feeling that he could’nt be as competitive as the Rb in 2011. He learned from that experience and he has been so mature this year, driving better than ever in my honest opinion. Look at the drives he produced in Abu Dhabi and Texas, knowing he was out of competition for the WDC. He has become very patient and he knows what needs to be done in order to win. He won’t make the same mistakes as back in 2011. But he has just been so unfortunate this year, it’s almost beyond belief. this year will be remembered as the year where 2 champions fought for the title till the last corner, but Lewis won’t be remembered. He drove like a champ and deserved the crown just as much as anybody else. It’s nothing more than a year to forget. But he’s been patient, and he knows (just like patient drivers as Button), that his fortunes will turn. If he drives like this in the future (and I know he will), than he WILL win at least one more WDC. Let’s not forget he’s only 2 years older than Sebastian and quite younger than Alonso/Button.

As for 2013, I won’t be surprised to see Lewis coming out more competitive than expected. If this year has thaught us one thing, than it’s that qualifiying is very important. A car on the front row is in much better position to fight for good points. Mclaren will be good, that car is already very fast right now. But I have a funny feeling that Mercedes will be fast as well.

Anyway, let’s not lose ourselves in discussions over who might be the better driver. Have your preferences, but remember that every other driver on the grid is also talented (yes, even Narain). Lewis will be fine at Mercedes, Jenson will be fine at Mclaren. Let’s hope both cars will be competitive next year and that we are blessed with antoher marvellous year .

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Very good comment. I fully agree.

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I see Hamilton as a modern-day Nigel Mansell. A naturally fast, passionate racer. Button by comparison is more like Alain Prost: Maybe not as fast, but more level-headed, easier on the equipment and tactically strong.

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Sounds like a pretty good analogy to me.

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Hamilton is far superior, as demonstrated by the saturday stats, the stats when they both finished (thats a good one), and Button typically only being a contender when mclaren was car of the weekend or when it was a race in intermediate tyre conditions.

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I’ve had to give up on reading all the comments – it seems they are only going around in circles anyway.

So – what is the conclusion? Well – the end seems to have many similarities to the beginning. 3 years on and the same debate is raging … and the disagreements are as loud as ever. So I guess we should all embrace them as great drivers who have individual strengths but very different weaknesses.

I would suggest James has left out a couple of useful stats:

The number of column inches generated and comparisons with other team mates.

Both have created fierce debate.

Before winning their titles they both made WDC team mates look ordinary – Button entered a team built around JV and made him look like a novice and Lewis arrived alongside Alonso and (like it or not) ended the season higher up the listings.

So even with that there really is very little to choose between them.

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Oh – I forgot to add:

I would like to hear what Ross Brawn says about the 2 of them next summer – after Lewis has a few races under his belt in a new team.

That should answer the question – by then Ross should be best able to compare the 2.

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There’s another really important statistic missing, cost, reputedly, over the three years Button cost McLaren Mercedes $30m while Hamilton cost $70m!

So Hamilton cost $40m more and scored 15pts less!

Anyone with even the minimum understanding of business can understand that that the numbers don’t add up!

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It’s the team’s responsibility to use their drivers to their potential, if they scupper them with unreliable cars and team operational screwups then how can you blame the driver?

The fact is that they paid Hamilton to win them a championship which he would have done this year if it wasn’t for the team’s mistakes and car problems. Button wouldn’t have won it even if he had a 100% reliable car and perfect race strategies

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Tornillo Amarillo

Money comes with a TV show, and some drivers are really boring!

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If you remember when JB came to F1 with Williams, he was thought to be the next great thing, to the brits at least. Sure enough his first season was regarded as successful even though he lost his seat to Montoya for the following year. His career did not evolve as it might have been expected therefore and he soon became a second tier driver in the eyes of many, including mine. The way he or his manager ran his career did not help him much to be fair with the breaking of previous agreements and so forth. 107 GPs later he finally scored his first win, nothing all that impressive in my opinion. It might have remained his biggest achievement, but in 2009, he got for the first time a car that could take him to the championship and to be fair he grabbed that chance and made it so. He then got the opportunity he most likely had been looking for his all F1 career and finally got to a top team (Williams of course was one as well when he raced with them.) with McLaren. There, he did better than expected against his highly rated teammate, but in my view did not set F1 on fire either.

Just like JB, when LH came to the F1 scene, he was thought to be the next great thing in F1, and not just by the Brits this time, and for cause as his first season was truly exceptional in many ways. He stayed on in McLaren, became a WDC and proved that he is no ordinary F1 racer. Now he moves on and I think he is going to experience what JB did prior to 2009. I still can’t understand what motivated him to make such a move. I would gladly be proven wrong, but I think LH will soon regret his choice of career.

Numbers may say that during their three season together they were closely match, but anyone with even the minimal understanding of racing talent can see that in this case numbers don’t add up. Marc

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None of the numbers add, none of the stats can take anything away from the real experiences and races. In truth Lewis should have had more points, he made fewer mistakes this year barely any compared to the previous year. However, Button’s dip in form during this year should not IMO be tied to his ability. There is no way he was THAT slow, there was more happening there than meets the eye. Button was also robbed by the team of points due to errors or unreasonable strategies that took him backwards rather than forwards. Lewis definitely had the upper hand this year, but I already stated why he didn’t finish any nearer the title or any further away from Button. It all adds.

While I hate to have to admit that Vettel is fully deserving of 3 world titles, you have to simply consider this. Can anyone be so lucky to accumulate 3 titles in 3 years. It doesn’t work like that. No one wins a lottery 3 times and this isn’t even a lottery.

Button is well liked by many a team boss from Williams to Brawn and has praise heaped on him by former racers including Michael Schumacher.

He’s there, not lucky, not by accident but through skill and determination driving for one of the top teams in motorsport and will next year effectively be leading the team. He’s won races, has ‘on occassion’ beaten Lewis for raw pace, has been beaten ‘often’ by Lewis on raw pace, but Button’s strategy calls have won him more, his race craft and his ability to overtake (including overtaking Hamilton) have provided many motorsport (not just hamilton) fans with a great deal of entertainment.

Button entered the Lion’s den. The lion is not there anymore, but Button is . . . and he got a pay rise for his contributions.

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The Lion left, you talk as if Button has ‘ousted’ him? Button is happy to see out the rest of his years winning the odd couple of races every season, but he doesn’t have the hunger to win another championship. All the top brass at Macca have already said how much they are going to miss him, I highly doubt they would say this about Button. Perez will probably beat him

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Well the fact is Mercedes are prepared to pay a lot of money for Hamilton, I suspect he must be the highest paid on the grid, and they certainly would not do that if they did not believe he is one of the very best drivers currently in F1. I also suspect that the Mercedes car will be virtually all new with very little carry over from 2012. They are a team with massive resources, and have put a very competent team structure in place. I also think that Lewis and Nico will make very good team mates. Rosberg is very underrated mainly because he has not had very good cars, but given one, as he demonstrated this year, he is more than capable of winning a GP. I suspect they will be the most dynamic driver line up on the grid.

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I think all the drivers are in the best position to decide how they go about racing. Anyone who feels they are better qualified to decide how the drivers go racing needs some medication. It’s one thing to discuss te outcome of the races and quite another trying to tell others how to live their lives. Why not enjoy yours and allow others to do likewise. The drivers are being discussed here because of the way they do heir jobs if tey did their jobs like some have suggested, i think they might never have become F1 drivers simply because those posting here about “too aggressive when not necesary” will never be F1 drivers. i enjoy the outcome and look forward to the next events.

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It will be interesting to see how many times they finished in front of the other and how many times they overtook each other over the 3 seasons James.

Button has a much stronger chance of becoming a multiple champion than Hamilton now.

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He’s five years older though, don’t forget

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Mclaren are very likely to have the fastest car and button with his experience could win the next 2 seasons after all he has shown that he knows how to win a championship at least, beating a very experienced teammate in Barrichello. I think Button may not have peaked yet.

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And five years wiser.

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In 2010 JB had to drive a car that wasn’t designed with his physique or driving style in mind, so there was a bit of a handicap there.

In 2011 he was second in the championship, which says it all.

This year they ended the season two points apart, JB with three wins and LH with four.

Why can’t people just accept that they are two drivers who are fairly closely matched overall, but with completely different strengths and styles?

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Were it not for just pure rotten luck, Lewis would have at least 6, possibly 7 wins this year, and the point differential between Lewis and Jenson would be 100+, rather than 2. We can argue that 2010 went to Lewis, 2011 went to Jenson, but in 2012 there’s simply no question that Lewis soundly trounced Jenson.

To point to the points difference is completely disingenous.

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Lewis should/could have won 1.Barcelona(put it on pole by 0.65sec but team misfuelled him so started last).

2.Singapore(stopped from lead because of a gearbox failure)

3.Abu Dhabi(stopped from lead because of a fuel pick up issue)

4.Brazil(Hulkenberg lost control of his car and crashed into Lewis while dicing for the lead)

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Yup ! another 100% agree !

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Agree 100%

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I’m sorry people, but real F1 fans don’t need to resort to defending their teams and drivers constantly. It’s enough to enjoy the spectacle and enjoy the talents of these drivers, from the lowliest paid for drive to the record breaking pointy end.

On this pair it’s give and take. If lewis was the wonderboy you all say he is, he’d be a multi world champion too but he isn’t. Excuses are just that. They are excuses.

It’s Lewis job also to make sure the team don’t make mistakes. It’s his job to head development. MS did, Alonso does it, Vettel probably doesn’t need to.

The simple fact is that as someone said on here, Button fans and Button himself have never said he was faster than Lewis. Lewis is a very special talent. But it’s obvious he’s still lacking.

Why is it Lewis’s job to head all this, because if he wants something so badly, he has to make it happen. He has to inspire people to perfection he has to guide people to help them put him in the place he believes he belongs.

MS did it, Alonso is doing it, Vettel probably doesn’t need to.

As for Button, yes he’s fast enough. Let’s not forget who won the tortoise and the hare race. It’s not an metaphor for no reason.

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Firstly it’s a team sport so no Lewis’ driving talent alone doesn’t guarantee multiple world championships.

Secondly McLaren is a very different team from the others in that they do not allow the drivers any of those you mentioned because they see the drivers as a bio-mechanical component.

This is I think the main reason behind Lewis’ move.

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Hamilton IS faster, but more raw (still!). Button IS more wise and cerebral.

I thought Button was mad to goto McLaren up against Hamilton… but he proved everyone wrong and it’s Hamilton that’s departed the team first.

It will be very interesting in 2013 to see how Button performs when the car is solely developed around him! At the very least he won’t have his team-mate post telemetry on Twitter.

It will be very interesting to watch Hamilton at Mercedes. Rosberg is a lot stronger than people give him credit for.

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Very interesting. When Button announced his move to McLaren I was one of the “oh no Jenson don’t go into the lions den” people. I fully expected Hamilton to destroy him. That just hasn’t been the case though. Yes I know Hamilton has pretty much always been the quicker but as others have said no one has denied that, even Jenson himself.

For the last 15 – 20 years with the refueling era F1 races were flat out sprints to the finish, drivers basically had to drive a whole grand prix of qualifying laps. That has totally changed (for the better IMO) with the refueling ban, it is no longer all about out and out speed it focuses more on racing ability and guile with the ability to push hard as and when required. That suits Jenson right down to a T.

Another poster commented saying that he basically hadn’t noticed Jenson this season, I kind of agree with that he has been anonymous, but despite that he has came only a few points behind Hamilton. Hamilton has tamed down a lot this last couple of years but he still makes too many mistakes by being overly aggressive when theres no need to. Being taken out by Maldonado in Valencia and by Hulkenberg in Brasil are prime examples. He was totally blameless in both of these incidents but they could have both been avoided by him being a little more streetwise.

What I am interested in is that the feeling seems to be that Perez will play 2nd fiddle to Button next year despite the fact Perez has two years experience and has proven to be fast. Compare that to 2007 when a total rookie came in to partner Alonso and got equal if not preferential treatment. It will be interesting to see how that pans out.

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Nonsense, how could Lewis have avoided Hulkenberg in Sao Paulo?

How could he have avoided Maldonado who came back from outside the track?

It’s rubbish to say Lewis was not at fault at those incidents , but make him responsible for them nontheless.

Hamilton destroyed Button this season, despite the points don’t show it.

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It’s very noticeable that Lewis’s tyres were smoking as Nico tried to overtake. It was an awkward situation. Often Button is criticised for not defending hard enough. Lewis could have just let Nico go without a fight, it was obvious the conditions didn’t suit Lewis that much. If he’d seen the bigger picture and not just raced in the moment he might have had an opportunity to attack him later when the proper wet conditions would have suited Lewis more than Hulk.

Sometimes you have to accept when you are beaten or lose out too. Lewis has lost a lot that way.

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I do agree that Lewis would have had to be a genius to avoid that one, but it could have been avoided, braking late going into lapped cars was never a good idea.

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“Sometimes you have to accept when you are beaten or lose out too. Lewis has lost a lot that way.”

I agree, but the Hulkenburg incident wasn’t like that at all. Hulk spun into Lewis, it wasn’t a question of wheel-to-wheel racing or “win it or bin it” like loads of people are saying. No driver on the grid would have avoided that incident; how many drivers do you see giving an overtaking car enough room to do a 180 degree spin without hitting them?

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What???

Lewis passed the Marussia on the inside coming down the front straight and then nico went to the inside of Lewis heading into turn 1. They were almost 3 wide.

Lewis left plenty of room and didn’t try to block or anything like that plus he had the Caterham in front of him.

Hulk was losing control under braking and ultimately the rear end came around and took out Lewis.

Bigger picture, smaller picture, racing in the moment, etc. it’s nonsense. Lewis knows what the heck he’s doing…give me a break already.

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What most people here seem to be forgetting (or are too young to remember) is that you are comparing a driver who has been in F1 for 12 years and has become a mature, well rounded driver with one who has been in F1 5 years and has been doing much of his growing up in that time.

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The sad truth is, had McLaren and in particular Whitmarsh got his act together Hamilton would not only have secured at one additional championship he would also likely be at McLaren in 2013 and beyond.

Of the 3 (Vettel & Alonso being the other two) top guys in todays F1, I suggest and believe it’s only Hamilton who would happily drive in the same team with the same machinery (we all know how Alonso through the toys from his pram and there’s been more that the odd moan from Vettel about Webber) – now what does that say!??!

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Given a top 4 driver choice, I think most people are going to name Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkonen. So…if it was your money and you could choose two drivers in your team, you will probably go for one of these people, but who would be your second choice?

Only a fool would have two of these drivers in their team, so….step up Button. He can win a championship, win races, deliver consistent results, great team player, great ambassador, and thoroughly nice guy.

Therefore if you could only have two drivers in your team, you are most likley to have Button as one of them, than Hamilton. Unless you are of course a fool.

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Spot on +1

If Alonso, Hamilton, Raikkonen and Vettel are the best 4. (IMO in that order) Then it makes Button number 5.

If I had the choice Button would always be in my team with one of the top 4, he’s a team player without doubt.

Button said when joining mclaren he wanted a new challenge and has risen to that and performed extremely well IMO. He is now a no.1 driver in a top team, a position he has not held before. It will be interesting to see what he does with this opportunity, and a great way to finish the last few years in his career.

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Hamilton has always been in good cars and yet he has been WDC only once. This is not a good record. Button had some limited success in what were truly poor cars by using his head rather than emotion.

Hamilton is without doubt fast over one lap, and is beginning to be more consistent over the race, let’s see what happens over the next four years.

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Since Hamilton came into Formula 1 only Vettel has won multiple championships. Alonso hasn’t won a title either in that time, in spite of being in a “good car” four out of six years.

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