Button advises Hamilton to stay with McLaren

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton in the post qualifying press conferenceJul.29 (GMM) Jenson Button thinks staying at McLaren would be the right thing for Lewis Hamilton, in the wake of high profile and somewhat protracted contract negotiations.

As Briton Hamilton and McLaren supremo Ron Dennis step up their war of words amid negotiations for a new contract, speculation that the 2008 world champion could jump ship to a rival team – perhaps Mercedes or Lotus – continues to swirl.

“I’d like to see him stay,” teammate Button, who is already under contract for 2013, said in Hungary.

“I’d love someone really slow as a teammate, but this place is like home to Lewis, he has been here since the start of his career.

“It’s a massive change to go somewhere else,” said Button. “I’ve done it a couple of times. Sometimes it’s good for you.

“It’s up to Lewis obviously but it doesn’t seem, to me, like it would be the right thing to do.”

McLaren chairman Dennis this week sounded unlikely to meet all of Hamilton’s new contract demands, insisting “It’s a question of whether we employ him, not the other way around”.

But 1996 world champion Damon Hill had a word of caution for McLaren.

“His [Hamilton’s] value is just going to keep going up and up if he carries on driving like that,” the Sky pundit said after Hamilton netted a dominant pole at the Hungaroring.

Allan McNish, a former Toyota driver, described it as “one of the best qualifying performances I’ve seen”.

Button, however, sensed Dennis might be serious.

“Maybe it’s best to ask Lewis, he is the one with the choice to leave or not – well, I don’t know, I heard Ron Dennis make some interesting comments this week,” said the 2009 world champion.

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  • Emaaduddin

    Button is advising Hamilton to stay at McLaren so that he can join Ferrari.. Ferrari has enough money to buy out the contracts of any driver on the current grid!!

  • McLaren Fan

    Button is right Hamilton should want to stay McLaren is a team that can deliver a championship winning car for Lewis but he wants to be careful with pushing Ron.
    Martin wants to keep the pair of them he has said so many times.

  • Disgusted with 2012

    Lewis is fast, but he’s actually not on the rise in his career. He is consistently sitting 4th or 5th in the WDC 4 years running – regardless of his supposed super human ability to drive slow cars to race wins. Meanwhile his whining, complaining, and arrogant rock star attitude is becoming a serious bore. Lewis Hamilton – F1 star and tiresome drama queen. I say string him on for a while – there are no real options in the near future. Maybe give Rossberg a call – he’s a less demanding underdog hot shoe in the making in need of a better place – like Button was, could be a great match-up.