Button warns Hamilton against Ferrari swap

Michelle Foster
Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Jenson Button has warned Lewis Hamilton that giving into the allure of red would be the “end” of his Formula 1 career.

Joining Mercedes from McLaren in 2013, Hamilton has added four World titles to his 2008 success while this year he is on course to bring his overall tally to six – one short of Michael Schumacher’s record.

His run of success with Mercedes has raised questions about what next for the 34-year-old with many predicting that he could swap to Ferrari, seeking a new challenge.

However, his former team-mate Button reckons that would be a big mistake.

“I’m sure every driver wants to drive for Ferrari,” the 2009 World Champion told Autobild. “But no driver who is still in their senses would switch from a winning team to one that is not competitive.

“It would be very brave and unusual for him to go to Ferrari.”

Hamilton’s compatriot has urged the five-time World Champion to remain with Mercedes through to the end of his career, saying he could comfortably break Schumacher’s record if he does that.

Button added: “Lewis could win ten World titles at the end if he stays with Mercedes.

“But if he goes to Ferrari, that could be it – the end of his career.”

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