McLaren driver adding pressure to team mate

McLaren team Principal Martin Whitmarsh has admitted that Lewish Hamilton’s difficult season could be due to Jenson Button’s recent strong form.

The 26-year-old is currently 38 points behind his fellow countryman, with only 50 more available, with Hamilton on the brink of finishing second to a team-mate for the first time in his Formula One career.

Despite finishing first on two occasions this season, it has been a difficult and inconsistent season for the 2008 world champion, including a number of incidents on the tract.
The most recent accident occurred during Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix, in which Hamilton collided with Brazilian driver Felipe Massa for the sixth time this season, resulting in Hamilton finishing in a unimpressive seventh.

On the other hand, Button was able to finish runner-up to the second-time champion Sebastian Vettel; this was the sixth time Button had finished ahead of his team mate in the last seven races.

“In truth Lewis will be feeling under pressure because of the great performance of Jenson at the moment,” said Whitmarsh, who signed Button after he won the world title at Brawn GP two years ago.
“If you’re honest, the first driver you want to beat is your team-mate. We don’t hide from that, and neither do Lewis or Jenson.

“They are there to beat each other, but Jenson’s been on a run.

“Of course, Lewis is the great exciting driver he is, but he’ll not like being beaten by anyone, least of all by Jenson.
“Even though outside the car they have a fantastic relationship, Lewis will not like being beaten by his team-mate.

“But then I don’t want him to enjoy being beaten by his team-mate. I want him to try and beat Jenson, just as I want Jenson to beat Lewis.”

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