Jenson Button: “I’d be surprised if Lewis changes teams”

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Lewis Hamilton’s former team-mate at McLaren Jenson Button says he doesn’t think Lewis will leave Mercedes as long as it remains a works team.

Lewis Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes expires at the end of 2020, so naturally there are rumours about his future in Formula 1. The 2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button says the speculation is to be expected, but doesn’t believe Hamilton would change the winning formula.

“There are always going to be rumours when a guy has won six world championships,” said Button

“Sometimes teams comment on situations like that to unsettle drivers or to unsettle other teams. Who knows what truths there are in it?

“I’d be surprised if Lewis changes teams. He has repaid them winning five world championships with them and they have given him the car to do so.

“It is very difficult for him to walk away from that. I don’t know what would make you change your mind and make you want to leave a team you have such a great relationship with.

“It’s not like he is seeing them spiral out of control or not have the funding in the future or not become a manufacturer.

“I think that is the only thing that would make him think of moving teams; if Mercedes wasn’t Mercedes anymore,” concluded the Briton.

Source: The Mirror

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