Whitmarsh: Lewis feeling pressure from Jenson

2 November, 2011

Martin Whitmarsh with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button

Martin Whitmarsh with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button

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.

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4/26 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/26.

Jenson has had a better season than Lewis

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.”


  • psych4191

    “while Hamilton has only one victory to his credit this season”

    He won at China and at Germany.

  • http://www.yallaf1.com/ Editor

    @psych4191 Thanks for that – we forgot China!

  • psych4191

    No worries, it was a long time ago anyway. I had to look it up for confirmation :] Either way it doesn’t compare to Jenson’s wins. Jenson’s Montreal win has to be the best moment of the season, in my opinion.

  • Stewy33

    I would agree Jenson’s drive in Canada was exceptional; going dead last to 1st is unheard of in F1. I would have to say the best moment in the season for me was when Mark Webber Passed Alonso in Eau Rogue at Spa! (I still remember getting out of my seat jumping up and down ranting both drivers are insane!) I have that race saved on my DVR becuase of that pass!

  • http://YallaF1.com Aileen

    I don’t think Hamilton has pressure form Jenson…its just a bad phase and he will soon get over it…….2012 will be a new chapter with exciting performances..

  • Sennauno

    @Aileen

    nahhh no pressure whatsoever…im sure Hammy is good with his team mate beating him this year :)

  • GrandPrix Fanatic

    @stew33

    You’re right bro! It was the most thrilling, edge-of-your-seat moment this year. But total race review, Jensen’s Canadian win was by bar the only one I’ve ever sean. Or maybe I’m just too young to know F1 history…

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