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Is McLaren Big Enough For Lewis And Jenson?
Hamilton has had discussions with Red Bull over his future
Posted Jun 21, 2011 by Chris White
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It’s no secret that Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button don’t really see eye to eye, no matter what they may say at McLaren press conferences, but the incident that saw Hamilton crash out of the race after hitting his team mate in Montreal could be the final straw, breaking up the British pair.
Rumours began circulating last week that Hamilton may leave McLaren and join championship rivals Red Bull, after feeling he is the number two driver behind Button. But Lewis was quick to stop those rumours, stating that as long as the car remained competitive, he had no reason to move to the run-away constructor’s leaders.
As the only other team to have won a race this year, Hamilton has no reason to leave McLaren for issues over how competitive the car is, but the longer the alleged feud between Hamilton and Button continues, the worse things will get for the team as a whole. So maybe Lewis should make the move for the good of the team.
This isn’t what the majority of racing fans would like to see, however, as there is no reason Button and Hamilton cannot continue as team mates and put their differences aside, whatever they may be.
Button himself has also been attracting offers from other teams in the paddock, with rumours of interest coming from Ferrari who are hoping to lure him into their garage to replace Felipe Massa, who has, unsurprisingly, been off colour since his return from his injury. But Jenson is wanting to remain with McLaren and has a contract running until the end of this year, with an option for a further year, taking him until the end of 2012.
So is Hamilton pushing for a move maybe? His meeting with Red Bull boss Christian Horner came after a poor performance in qualifying and then the disastrous race in Montreal, and he won’t enjoy watching Sebastian Vettel running off into the distance in the drivers’ championship.
Red Bull have stolen a march on the other teams so far this season, but once McLaren catch up, there would be no reason for McLaren to break up the pair of Brits. The McLaren team is full of top quality engineers and mechanics, and it is already a great package on the grid, the only problem seems to be between the drivers. If Lewis can overcome his issues with Jenson, these rumours wouldn’t even circulate. Hamilton, in summary, should remain with McLaren, alongside Button, as there is plenty of room for the pair of them in the garage.