Hamilton radio: Jenson will not pass you

Hamilton radio: Jenson will not pass you

7 June 2010 – It has been revealed that Turkish Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton was informed that McLaren team-mate Jenson Button would not overtake him during the race. The news follows post-race comments from the former explaining that he was surprised to see his compatriot passing him at the end of Lap 48.

Button passed team-mate Hamilton at the end of Lap 48
With the Red Bull cars of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel having come together on Lap 40, Hamilton was set for his first victory of the season as well as McLaren's second 1-2 finish.

However, a number of onlookers noted the 2008 Champion's seeming lack of enthusiasm on the podium following a brief on-track battle with Button.

The team radio transmission - released via a race highlights video on the official F1 website - appears to highlight the reason why, as Hamilton - who, like his team-mate, was saving fuel - questioned whether he would lose the leading position.

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The conversation between Hamilton and Chief Engineer Phil Prew is as follows:
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McLaren: Lewis, we need you to save fuel. Both cars are doing the same
Hamilton: Jenson's closing in on me, you guys
McLaren: Understood, Lewis
Hamilton: If I back off, is Jenson going to pass me or not?
McLaren: No, Lewis…no
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"Me and Jenson had a good little battle and fortunately I was able to come back into Turn 1," Hamilton said after the race, having been initially overtaken by Button into Turn 12 before snatching the lead back at the first corner. "It was definitely unexpected but a great result for the team."


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