Button enjoys competition with Hamilton
Jenson Button, left, admits to being curious about team-mate Lewis Hamilton's future
Jenson Button has dropped a broad hint he would prefer for Lewis Hamilton to remain his team-mate at McLaren next season.
On Thursday Hamilton pre-empted further questioning over his future, in the wake of the frenzy that unfolded a fortnight ago in Italy, by stating there was no further news. The 27-year-old now has two options open to him, with final contract offers on the table from McLaren and Mercedes.
As far as Button is concerned, he continues to see Hamilton as the ideal yardstick against whom he can measure himself, as has been the case for almost the last three years. Button said: "I purposefully moved to McLaren because I wanted a competitive team-mate, and it's always fun judging yourself."
He continued: "Over a weekend, if you have a good day and you are in front of your team-mate then it means a lot more, and you really enjoy that moment. When you are behind it's frustrating, but you respect the fact he has done a better job than you. So it's really good having a competitive team-mate. That's the most important thing."
Button has admitted to taking an interest in the speculation and rumours surrounding Hamilton's will he stay or will he go saga.
"I think it's great. Every day I read the papers and the websites - because we all do, even if we say we don't," said Button with a smile.
"I don't know how much truth is in any of it - and I'm not saying you guys (the media) don't always write the truth - but there are many interesting things out there. There's a lot of talk and it's an exciting part of the season for everyone.
"For me, I'm all right for next year so it's more straightforward, but it's interesting reading all the rumours and the guesswork from everyone."
For the short term, that guesswork will continue as Hamilton is refusing to offer any further insight.
As he took his seat ahead of one of his press sessions in Singapore, Hamilton said: "Before we start, I'm not here to speak about anything but the weekend. I've no extra news for you, so use your time wisely to speak about other things if you can."
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Lewis is doing the right thing for now and Jenson just trying to cover his backside as much as he can because he and Lewis is not pals,they just work for the same Company.
Like most folks today we work with people and don't know anything about them except what they do when they comes to work.
if I had a choice at this time I would leave and take my chances as he have done as much as he can for Mclaren and they have done the same for him,so it is a good time to leave.
Jenson should now try and prove that he is as good as Lewis while he have the time and most of us knows the result of that test.