Lewis Hamilton is delighted to be driving alongside compatriot Jenson Button as the latter makes the move from Brawn GP to McLaren for 2010. In what becomes the first all-British World Champion line-up since Lotus’ in 1968, the 2008 winner is sad to say goodbye to Heikki Kovalainen but excited about the future.
With Graham Hill and Jim Clark having been an all-British Champion line-up with a British team 32 years previous, history will repeat itself as Hamilton is partnered by a World Champion once again in 2010.
“It’s fantastic news that Jenson has decided to join Vodafone McLaren Mercedes – and I’m looking forward to working with him and our engineers to make sure we kick off the 2010 season with a car that’s competitive enough to win the World Championship,” Hamilton said.
“I want to send my best wishes for the future to my 2008-09 team-mate and now good friend Heikki Kovalainen, who is one of the nicest human beings I’ve ever met.
“I already know Jenson and we get on very well together. We both really want our team to succeed. Although we’ll be pushing each other hard, I’m sure we’ll very quickly establish a great working relationship. He’s an exceptional driver: very controlled and very smooth, and he has a real depth of knowledge and experience.
“I think we’ll complement each other very well and our collaboration will make the team stronger as a result. Also, I’m delighted to be racing alongside a fellow British World Champion and believe we can pull together to make Vodafone McLaren Mercedes the best team on the grid.”
Hamilton concluded that he believes Button has already ‘started to appreciate our team’s unique culture and special family atmosphere’ as well as, in patriotic fashion, being excited about the all-British affair. “I’m already looking forward to Silverstone – it’ll be massive!” Lewis added. “I’ve been closely following the development of our 2010 challenger, the MP4-25, and I think it’s going to be a state-of-the-art car that will enable both of us to consistently fight for victories.”