New Delhi: Amidst the uncertainties of his future in Formula One, Jenson Button has found backing from his former team-mate Lewis Hamilton to stay in the sport. Many in the F1 circle believe that Button will leave the sport at the end of the season with Fernando Alonso replacing him at McLaren.
Button, who won the 2009 Championship with Brawn GP, said that he is yet to decide on his future but earlier dropped enough hint for others to speculate a departure.
Hamilton admitted that given a chance he would keep Button in his team. The current championship leader also hailed his former team-mate as still one of the strongest drivers around. "If I had a team, I would want him in it because he's a great asset," he said.
The duo spent two seasons together as team-mates at McLaren, from 2010 and 2012 before Hamilton joining German outfit in 2013.
“He (Jenson Button) still has plenty of time, given his ability as a driver, to keep racing and winning,” Hamilton continued.
McLaren are yet to announce their drivers for the next season. With the imminent arrival of Alonso and the presence of Kevin Magnussen in the current role, Button may well leave the team and also the sport, considering most of the teams have more or less settled line-up.
With agency inputs