Button and Hamilton respond to Hill comments
6 July 2010 – British World Champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have responded to the feelings of counterpart Damon Hill as the build-up continues for this weekend’s British Grand Prix. The 1996 World Champion believes that the relationship between the McLaren drivers will soon ‘boil over’ although his opinion is not shared.
With both the 2008 and 2009 title winners having claimed two race wins apiece from the first nine events of the season, the pair are split by just six points at the top of the Drivers’ World Championship following the European Grand Prix.
“They are his words and not mine,” Button said at a Santander press conference on Tuesday. “I won the World Championship because I was quick, won six races and was always fighting and, for me, that’s key - it’s not always just about consistency.”
With 1996 Champion and BRDC President Hill having claimed that Button adopts a more steady approach as opposed to Hamilton’s ‘in it to win it’ style, the latter remains impassive.
“I don't really have a reaction to it,” said Hamilton, who earlier in the year was described as ‘manufactured’ by 1992 Champion Nigel Mansell.
“I think it’s always very interesting to hear past World Champions talking about current World Champions and then it’s also interesting to see whether it plays out, whether it’s true or false and whether they actually know what they’re talking about…we’ll find out later in the year, I guess.”
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