Hamilton excited more by Alonso than Button rivalry

(L to R): Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari celebrates with the champagne on the podium. Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Race, Austin, Texas, 18 November 2012.

(L to R): Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso

Mercedes new man Lewis Hamilton has stirred up his rivalry with former McLaren teammate Jenson Button by saying the idea of beating his countryman is not as exciting a prospect as beating Fernando Alonso

The Britons were paired together at McLaren between 2010 and last season, but Hamilton has switched camps over the winter to Mercedes.

Button seems happy with what most pundits are describing as ‘de-facto’ number 1 status alongside team newcomer and youngster Sergio Perez.

“It’s unbelievably different,” he beamed, according to the Guardian. “I’m really loving my job at the moment.”

But over at Mercedes, Hamilton shrugged at the suggestion beating Button at the wheel of a different silver car is an exciting prospect.

“The rivalry between me and Fernando excites me more,” he is quoted by the Daily Mail. “You also want to beat Seb(astian Vettel), as they are the ones with the most titles. But Alonso’s the fastest driver I can see.”

Whether Hamilton has the most respect for him or not, 33-year-old Button is happy with his lot, insisting he won’t be following Hamilton in the chase for a fresh challenge.

“I feel very at home. I feel like I’d like to end my career here,” he said. (GMM)