‘McLaren should hold onto Button’

Date published: November 7 2014

Lewis Hamilton has urged McLaren to re-sign Jenson Button as his former team-mate is a “great asset”…

Lewis Hamilton has urged McLaren to re-sign Jenson Button as his former team-mate is a “great asset”.

McLaren have yet to confirm their line-up for next season with several drivers seeking a place at the team.

While current drivers Button and Kevin Magnussen are in the hunt for a race-seat so too is Fernando Alonso, who is reportedly on the verge of signing with the team.

According to the rumour mill, should that happen he would take Button’s place at McLaren.

Hamilton, though, says the Woking team should hold onto his compatriot.

“If I had a team, I would want him in it because he’s a great asset,” said the Championship leader.

“It’s not the team need a better driver – there are not many out there. They just need a better car.

“Button is a great driver, still one of the strongest, and he’s had an amazing career. He’s also a decent guy, so it doesn’t correlate.”

He added to the BBC: “He still has plenty of time, given his ability as a driver, to keep racing and winning.”