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Button rivalry 'not exciting' - Hamilton

The Mercedes driver considers Alonso and Vettel tougher rivals.
Sunday, March 10, 2013

March 10th, 2013 (GMM).- Lewis Hamilton has revved up his rivalry with former teammate Jenson Button by saying the idea of beating his countryman "doesn't excite me".

The Britons were paired together at McLaren between 2010 and last season, but Hamilton has switched camps over the winter to Mercedes.

Button seems happy with what most pundits are describing as 'de-facto' number 1 status alongside team newcomer and youngster Sergio Perez.

"It's unbelievably different," he beamed, according to the Guardian.

"I'm really loving my job at the moment."

But over at Mercedes, Hamilton shrugged at the suggestion beating Button at the wheel of a different silver car is an exciting prospect.

"The rivalry between me and Fernando (Alonso) excites me more," he is quoted by the Daily Mail.

"You also want to beat Seb(astian Vettel), as they are the ones with the most titles. But Alonso's the fastest driver I can see."

Whether Hamilton has the most respect for him or not, 33-year-old Button is happy with his lot, insisting he won't be following Hamilton in the chase for a fresh challenge.

"I feel very at home. I feel like I'd like to end my career here," he said.

Hamilton and Button are two different drivers. The first was usually quicker and better qualifier (44 to 10), while the latter smarter in the track and better at handling nowadays delicate tyres.

More interesting was the fact that in the three years they raced together the head to head comparison might render a tie. In the three years the point difference was small, with Button accumulating 678 points while his former teammate 657.

As for the Grand Prix wins, Hamilton edges Button by 2 with 10 wins, but then in podium visits the current McLaren driver had 25 compared to 22 for the now Mercedes man.

Hamilton's remarks might sound a bit patronizing if they are related to the mere fact of quickness and the feel of real threat, something that he probably never felt from Button, while he did and still does from the Spaniard.

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