Hill: Button-Hamilton battle set to boil over
6 July 2010 – Although all-Champion McLaren pairing Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have been evenly matched and are currently separated by just six points at the top of the World Championship, 1996 title winner Damon Hill believes the second half of the 2010 campaign is likely to feature a titanic scrap between the duo.
After nine races, both McLaren and Red Bull men have collected two wins each, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso having celebrated his sole success thus far in Bahrain. However, with all eyes on McLaren ahead of Silverstone this weekend, BRDC President Hill predicts a highly entertaining duel.
“It's just been on simmer so far and it will start to boil over,” he told BBC Sport. “Between the two British drivers in possibly the best car you will have a very close and fascinating battle.
"Jenson will not be letting Lewis get away with anything; your closest, most significant competitor is your team-mate and when you've got a team-mate as good as Jenson then it's not a foregone conclusion.
“I know Lewis has the mindset of a driver who sees the normal state of affairs as him being first, which is great, and that's what you'd expect but perhaps Jenson is a little bit more opportunistic and slightly more mature and realistic about things. This could be the start of the rest of the season…the clock is definitely ticking and there is only room for one guy.”
Adding that it remains too early to predict who will eventually prevail, Damon is sure that crowds are set to witness a fascinating finale this year.
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