Whitmarsh: Lewis feeling pressure from Jenson
2 November, 2011
Nov.2 (PVM) McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes that Jenson Button’s strong form is a factor in Lewis Hamilton’s wayward performances in the latter half of the 2011 Formula 1 world championship season.
In the wake of another headline grabbing incident between Hamilton and Felipe Massa during the Indian GP, Whitmarsh commented “Lewis, the great and exciting driver that he is, will not like being beaten by Jenson. For any driver, the first driver you want to beat is your team mate.”
When Button joined McLaren at the end of 2009 many pundits believed that the move would be the end of him as he would be trounced by Hamilton. However this has not been the case at all, in fact quite the opposite as Button has established himself as the main man within the Woking squad.
Button has won three, finished ten times on the podium times and lies second in the world championship table with 240 points, while Hamilton has only two victories to his credit this season and lies fifth in the standings with 202 points on the board.
Hamilton has also amassed six penalties for incidents which race stewards adjudged that he caused and is involved in the ongoing (and growing) feud with Massa.
“Lewis will be feeling under pressure because of the great performances from Jenson at the moment. I don’t want him to enjoy being beaten by his team-mate. I want him to try to beat Jenson, just as I want Jenson to try to beat Lewis,” revealed Whitmarsh.
As for the Hamilton versus Massa saga, the McLaren team boss said, “They are men, they have got to figure it out for themselves.”