Friday, 25 November 2011

Button downplays becoming first team-mate to outscore Hamilton over season

Jenson Button says beating McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the points standings over the season would only carry particular significance if it was for the world title, the former champion insisting it’s the level of his own performances, rather than the fact he has outscored his fellow Briton, that has pleased him most this season.  Although Hamilton returned to winning ways at the last race in Abu Dhabi as Button finished third, the former needed there to be a bigger points difference to still have a chance of overhauling his older compatriot in the championship at this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, Button holding an unassailable 28-point advantage heading into the season finale.

It marks the first time 2008 champion Hamilton has been outscored by a team-mate in his five-season Formula 1 career and although Button has been very publicly complimentary about his compatriot’s speed and general abilities in the past, is playing down the notable achievement.The 31-year-old says it would carry more significance if it settled a head-to-head championship fight and the things he will really take away from 2011 will be his consistently strong level of performance.When you’re working closely with a team-mate, when you’re off the track you’re sharing everything, trying to make the car go quicker and improve your performance compared to the other teams which is the way it should be, he said in Thursday’s FIA press conference at Interlagos.

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