Button: Hamilton exit a blow to McLaren
1 November 2012 – Jenson Button has acknowledged that McLaren is the loser in Lewis Hamilton’s departure to Mercedes ahead of the 2013 F1 season. For the first time since joining the sport in 2007, Hamilton will switch teams. The move will also bring an end to a three-year stint as Button’s team-mate, with the pair being Britain’s latest World Champions.
“It is a big loss but things change,” Button said in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. “You just learn to adapt and move on. The team does lose a very fast driver who has achieved a lot with them – and the last guy to have won a World Championship with them.
“The first year with a new team for him will be a bit tricky but it’s a new experience for Lewis and I’m sure he’s excited about it. He’s as quick as they come.”
Since entering F1 with Williams in 2000, Button has raced for four different teams which – between them – have carried a total of seven different guises.