Australia

Last Race: 15th Mar Australia

Australian GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Sebastian Vettel
Australia

Next Race: 29th Mar Malaysia

Button: Lewis' pace will surprise Rosberg

2012-12-18 09:34:00

 RSS

Share:

Button: Lewis' pace will surprise Rosberg

Jenson Button feels Lewis Hamilton's ability to extract extra pace out of a bad car could take Nico Rosberg by surprise next year.


The 32-year-old's three-year working relationship with Hamilton has come to an end as the latter will partner up with Rosberg at Mercedes from 2013.

Button is all too familiar with his compatriot's pace as during their McLaren days the 2008 World Champion always managed to get some extra speed out of nowhere even if their car wasn't the fastest on the grid.

Asked what the German could expect, Button said: "I think he'll probably get a bit of a surprise.

"I know he's been his team-mate in the past, but I think he'll be surprised at how Lewis can get performance out of a bad car.

"I didn't say that [Mercedes will be bad] - he [Hamilton] can also get speed out of a good car, and I think that will be the biggest thing."

There have been claims that McLaren could regret Hamilton's decision to join their rival, but Button insists the Woking squad will be fine as long as they keep hold of their technical guru.

"I'm not disappointed because there's always change," he said. "I'd be disappointed if [technical director] Paddy Lowe moved from the team because that's the guy who's going to help me achieve in the future.

"Whereas with Lewis, drivers come and go and people change, and that's pretty normal in the sport.

"It's been a good three years and it's amazing how quick those three years have gone by. It's been a good partnership.

"We've had quite a bit of fun in terms of racing over those three years."

F1's Spaniards sticking together

Editor's Picks

Only Tifosi Understand...

Only Tifosi Understand...

It's not easy being a fan of the oldest and most successful F1 team but here's a guide to help those who don't understand you...

This Week In F1 History

This Week In F1 History

Nigel Mansell, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Nelson Piquet and Juan Pablo Montoya all made history...

Winners & Losers: Australia

Winners & Losers: Australia

It only took one grand prix for Sauber rookie Felipe Nasr to bag his first points and his first Star of the Race...

German GP Is Bernie's Failure

German GP Is Bernie's Failure

Andrew Davies asks, has Bernie's failure to secure a German GP deal brought the sport into disrepute?

PF1 Fantasy Racing

PF1 Fantasy Racing

Are you a Ross Brawn or a Paul Stoddart? Can you manage money like Bernie or Caterham? Let's find out...