Button: Hamilton to surprise Rosberg

McLaren’s Jenson Button believes that Nico Rosberg will be surprised by Lewis Hamilton with his performance. The Brit was moved from McLaren to Mercedes for next season.

2008 world champion, to drive for the team for three years, starting next season, and that it had signed the new commercial agreement to remain in the series.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were team-mates in Karting in 2000. Hamilton recently has admitted that his future teammate is also his best friend and they have known each other for a long time.

“I think he’ll (Rosberg) probably get a bit of a surprise at his speed,” Button said.

“I know he’s been his team-mate in the past but I think he’ll be surprised at how Lewis can get performance out of a bad car. I think that will be the biggest thing.”

Button also admitted that Hamilton and Rosberg’s experience as karting team-mates should ease the transition when the move is completed on January 1.

“I think he knows him pretty well,” he added. “I think Nico knows Lewis better than I do. They’ve worked together before and I’m sure he knows what to expect [from their working relationship].”

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