Button views Hamilton departure as great F1 title opportunity

Jenson Button with Lewis Hamilton, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 24 November 2012.Nov.25 (GMM) McLaren‘s Jenson Button has admitted that 2013, with Lewis Hamilton leaving the Woking squad for Mercedes, will be a perfect opportunity for him to win the world championship for a second time.

Since arriving from Brawn as the reigning world champion in 2010, the 32-year-old has been paired with the highly rated 2008 title winner Lewis Hamilton.

But Hamilton, on pole for his last McLaren race at Interlagos, is setting off for Mercedes, leaving Button as the de-facto ‘number 1′ at the great British team.

His teammate in 2013 will be Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez, the 22-year-old Mexican who has shown promise at Sauber since debuting last year.

So when asked if next season is his best chance so far to be champion again, Button said in Brazil: “Yeah definitely.”

The Englishman suggested that being so closely matched with Hamilton since 2010 has dented both of their title prospects.

“When you compare it to Lewis and I, when you look at our three years together, there has not been a massive amount of points difference between us,” Button is quoted by British newspapers.

“And that means we were taking points off each other as well.

“If I have a quick car next year I am going to score a lot of points. But I am sorry to see [Hamilton] go,” he added.

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  • Ian

    Personally, I’d love to see Jenson as champion in 2013 and I agree that he’s got a great chance, if McLaren continue to design good cars. Jenson’s a class act, always has been, one of the smoothest and cleanest drivers ever, much like his hero Alain Prost was in his day. He’s correct to say that he and Lewis were taking points away from each other, that’s the risk of having two
    very strong drivers in a team. If young Sergio proves to be as good as McLaren hopes, then the situation may be just the same, but I suspect that Jenson’s maturity and experience will prevail. That said, I still wish that McLaren had taken on Paul DiResta instead…