Jenson Button's form intimidates Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has recently experienced perhaps his most turbulent season so far; it has been suggested that the young McLaren driver's form was affected a great deal by his teammate Jenson Button's recent performances...
Surprisingly, the suggestion has been made by McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh, who has pinned at least some of the blame on Button's superbly competitive form. To be specific, Whitmarsh has commented that Button's form could be responsible for Hamilton's recent string of crashes and clashes with Ferrari's Felipe Massa.
For many, Whitmarsh's point was highlighted at the Indian Grand Prix; the latest race saw Hamilton and Massa involved in yet another scuffle on the track, while his teammate battled to a second place finish.
"Lewis, the great, exciting driver that he is, will not like being beaten by Jenson," commented the McLaren team boss.
"For any driver, the first driver you want to beat is your team-mate."
Hamilton could only manage a seventh place finish at the Indian Grand Prix after the tussle with Massa on the 24th lap of the race; critics have since said that the performance of a prime example of how the 2008 champion has been for the majority of this season.
"Lewis will be feeling under pressure because of the great performances from Jenson at the moment,” said Whitmarsh.
"I don't want him to enjoy being beaten by his team-mate. I want him to try to beat Jenson, just as I want Jenson to try to beat Lewis."
Despite the comments, Whitmarsh also agreed that Hamilton had been too hard on himself this season, saying: “I have told him on several occasions, 'Don't apologise, you're a racing driver. If you've made a mistake, accept it, learn from it and move on'.”
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