Button warns Rosberg to fear the raw speed of Hamilton

(L to R): Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1, Norbert Haug (GER) Mercedes Sporting Director, and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren celebrates on the podium. Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai, China, Sunday 15 April 2012.Dec.14 (GMM) Jenson Button has sent a warning to Nico Rosberg to be ready for the raw speed which Lewis Hamilton is capable of in a Formula One car.

After Button was paired with his younger countryman at McLaren between 2010 and 2012, Briton and 2008 world champion Hamilton is now heading to Mercedes.

German Rosberg’s teammate in the same three-year period was the great Michael Schumacher.

“I think [Rosberg] will be a little surprised by [Hamilton’s] speed,” Button is quoted by France’s autohebdo.fr.

“I know they have been teammates in the past, but I think it will be a surprise for him to see what Lewis can do with a bad car.”

F1 great Sir Jackie Stewart, however, has a different view, wondering if Hamilton will do as good a job for Mercedes as Schumacher did.

“Schumacher was an entirely different animal,” the Scot is quoted by the Sun.

“He was completely focussed on F1. It was the only thing in life he did. Lewis has a lot of other pursuits – some no doubt a distraction.

“Lewis’ management team will want to prove they can earn him more money with outside things. But the more contracts he has the more work he has to do for them which takes up time,” added Stewart.

According to David Coulthard, however, Mercedes was right to split with 43-year-old Schumacher and sign Hamilton.

“Jenson told me that Michael has lost none of his speed,” the Scot is quoted by Speed Week. “I’m not so sure.

“Look at Rosberg – is he faster than Michael was in his prime? That’s hard to say.”

Indeed, Coulthard thinks Schumacher will not even be missed.

“I think it will be just as it was with other drivers before him. Who wondered in 2012 about Jarno Trulli and Nick Heidfeld?

“No driver is greater than F1,” he insisted.

A survey commissioned by the SID news agency claims that 70 per cent of the German population believes Sebastian Vettel can one day surpass Schumacher’s record of seven titles.

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  • michaelprescottmacarthur

    “I think it will be just as it was with other drivers before him. Who wondered in 2012 about Jarno Trulli and Nick Heidfeld?”

    Really? love him or hate him, look at the poles, wins, and championships of Schumacher then check the records of Trulli and Heidfeld. Now certainly, in a few decades when we are all dead, MS’s name won’t hold the same significance. Not really, but for now. it does.

  • G

    I am glad to see Hamilton go to a losing team. We’ll see soon enough how overrated he is when he has to drive a crappy car. Raw speed doesn’t count for much when you drive a POS.