Following the 14 years conglomerate Lewis Hamilton decided to move Mercedes with new three year deal.
His current team-mate Jenson Button says that, 2008 world champion move to Mercedes will be a big loss for McLaren. Also he added that team loses a very fast driver.
“With Lewis [Hamilton] leaving, obviously the team loses a very fast driver, a guy that’s achieved a lot with the team, wins and obviously a World Championship – the last guy to win a World Championship for the team. It is a big loss but things change and you learn to move on and adapt. It’s definitely not the end of two strong drivers at McLaren.” Button said.
“Obviously it’s very difficult to know what he brings to the team, because he’s not there yet,” Button said in the countdown to the 18th round in the 2012 F1 World Championship.
“I was surprised when I was told Sergio was 22-years old. It seems like he’s been around for a lot longer than that. But no, I don’t feel like an older brother,” explained the 32-year-old.
“It’s important to work closely with your team-mate. I think that when he’s in the team he will probably learn a lot from someone who is older, with more experience, which is me, but I still think that when you’re an older driver you can still learn from a younger teammate [too], because they will bring fresh ideas to the table as well. But as an old brother? No, I definitely don’t feel like that…”
2009 world champion says that the opening year with new team is always hard and also not that easy to win grand’s prix and to build a team.
“I really don’t know. I think the first year with a new team is always a little bit tricky. It’s a new experience for Lewis. I’m sure he’s excited about it. But I really don’t know.
He added “He’s as quick as they come but sometimes it’s not that easy to win grand’s prix and to build a team around you and also to help a team achieve great results,”.