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Button warns ‘arrogant’ Hamilton

Button warns 'arrogant' Hamilton

Button warns ‘arrogant’ Hamilton

Jenson Button has warned his former teammate Lewis Hamilton not to get carried away with his success.

Hamilton, the new triple world champion, was the only F1 driver to arrive at Interlagos as late as Thursday, after missing media duties the day before with what Mercedes described as a “fever”.

But although a team media representative told reporters the 30-year-old would not be elaborating on Thursday, Hamilton admitted he was actually “run down” after a spate of hard partying.

Hamilton was alcohol-tested tested by local police in the early hours of Tuesday morning, after hitting what he described on social media as one stationary car in Monaco, reportedly with his $2m Pagani Zonda supercar.

“Mr Hamilton’s foot slipped on the brake and clutch pedals and his vehicle struck three parked cars,” a Monaco police spokesperson told the Telegraph.

Hamilton, described by observers as looking obviously tired, admitted in Brazil that a party held for his mother’s 60th birthday last weekend “killed me”.

The Briton has also admitted to drinking much more heavily in 2015, telling reporters on Thursday that “I have definitely put on a bit of weight in the past couple of months”.

As for the Monaco car crash, Hamilton said: “It was a result of heavy partying and not much rest for a week and a half. I am a bit run down.

“I don’t feel as bad as I look. The last two days I have slept pretty much all day. I am generally a really energetic person but that week after Mexico and the party we drank a lot and I was really feeling it.”

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg seemed uninterested in taking advantage of the saga, smiling to reporters that “I don’t read Monaco newspapers”.

But Hamilton’s former McLaren teammate Jenson Button warned: “He’s pretty quickly becoming arrogant.”

Bild newspaper said Button was referring to the fact that Hamilton reportedly claimed he is “complete” as a driver, only failing to win races when he makes mistakes.

“None of us is complete,” Button insisted. “If we had his car, we could beat him.

“He is very talented and doing a great job, but he also has weaknesses,” the 2009 world champion said.

Button said he hopes Ferrari can continue to close the gap to Hamilton’s team in 2016.

“We – formula one – need a challenger to Mercedes. That would change everything. For Hamilton too,” Button added.

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13 Comments
  • Liu Bei

    You mean FA equal on points in ’07 and JB just one place behind in ’10, 3 places up on LH in ’11 as runner up and just 2 points behind in ’12? Those 2 drivers don’t tend to get their arses handed to them. Lewis didn’t dominate either driver.

  • Janjua

    100% true Mr Jenson. Very, Very True. The mad lifestyle is starting to get him and the success has made him arrogant. But it’s nothing new he has been like this for sometime.

  • Alwin Rozema

    No no, it’s arrogance, that I’m sure of!

  • Jadi959

    That half a billion dollar car of Mercedes has gone to Hamilton’s head. The man lacks grace.

  • Boyd McCollum

    The other way to look at it, if he’s calling himself a complete driver (I’m don’t think Alonso has even said that lol), and he only loses when he makes mistakes – let’s take him at his word – how is it he lost 7 races this year? That’s a minimum of 7 mistakes, not including in qualifying.

    In 2012, I think Alonso made 1 mistake (start of Japan). Vettel in 2013? One or two AND he ran the tables in the second half of the season with 9 (count them) 9 straight wins.

    A “complete” driver shouldn’t be making mistakes. Certainly not enough to him 7 races. The costly mistakes alone make him “not a complete” driver.

  • Lee Pattison

    What to get their arse handed to them like NR, they’re both at the end of their F1 career, Lewis has improved all round this last 3 years he managed to beat them both in equal machinery time ago, why would it be any different now.

  • Jamie Huntoon

    Jenson…that ship has sailed.

  • Kodongo

    I think his point being that when you are in a World Championship capable team (McLaren) are you are World Champions (Lewis, Jenson), you don’t go racing for points, you go racing for wins and world championships. Lewis scored more wins and more points (i.e. closer to the world champion) in two of their three seasons together. Seasons aren’t contiguous. Each one is its one entity.

  • Edge

    Buttons confusing confidence with arrogance …. I would have thought Button has enough bad press with that McLaren without having a pop at Hamilton.

  • martin_pokorny

    And Jenson wiped floor with Hamilton in 2011.

    And gained more points overall during their time as teammates. Your point being?

    He’s not even saying anything bad about him, he’s just warning him that too much pride can harm you.

    It’s wonderful how fanboys such as you can automatically take it personally and twist it into hatespree. #TeamLH44Blessed much?

  • Slick

    Seems Henson has forgotten 2012 season when his then team mate (Hamilton) was wiping the floor with him until Hamiltons car started to breakdown ha ha

  • Lord Yllsacky

    I’d love to see a driver like Button or Alonso in the other Mercedes. But I’m sure Mercedes wouldn’t want to shake things up, they have their Massa in Rosberg and want to keep it that way.

  • Lovejoint

    Jealous Jenson;)

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