No support role for Button

Defiant Jenson still racing with equal status at McLaren alongside Lewis

Last Updated: 30/08/12 5:18pm

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Jenson Button has insisted that there is no need yet for McLaren to impose team orders requesting his support for Lewis Hamilton.

Echoing the opinion of team boss Martin Whitmarsh, who told a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in earlier on Thursday that "it will be quite a few races before we make that decision", Button dismissed the suggestion that the state of play in the World Championship meant he should play second fiddle to team-mate Hamilton when appearing in Thursday's Drivers' Press Conference at Spa.

"I'm forty points behind Lewis but Lewis is forty points behind Fernando and he still thinks he has a very good chance of winning this championship," countered Jenson. "So, no, we go racing as always. The last two races before the break were very good for us and we're feeling very positive.

"We want to get as many points as we can for ourselves but also for the Constructors' Championship. It's very important to McLaren and something we are going to work for as hard as we can."

Pressed on the issue and asked whether he would consider supporting Hamilton in the future, Button refused to contemplate the possibility of falling further behind his team-mate in the standings.

"I think it's a pretty pointless conversation right now," he replied tersely. "It's not a big margin - it's less than two wins.

"Half of the grid is behind their team-mate and it would be a pretty boring championship if only twelve of us were fighting for a victory and the rest of us were there to help our team-mates. That's not the sort of Formula 1 we should want, so I'm going to be fighting all the way until I either win the championship or it's not possible."


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