September 28, 2011 (F1plus Team).- In the minds of the many Formula 1 fans and especially on those who follow McLaren vividly, there is a question that originated in 2010 when a 100% British team was coined with the arrival of Jenson Button, and that every year is asked again: who of both drivers would stand out more?
Well, it seems that one of them just granted and provided an answer.
Lewis Hamilton thinks team-mate Jenson Button has done a better job than him at McLaren this year.
Hamilton pursues Button by 17 points in the drivers' standings after a difficult season marred by controversy, inside and outside the track. Both drivers have two victories to their names, but Button has been more consistent and has only retired due to car problems, whereas Hamilton has crashed out of two races.
After another difficult weekend in Singapore, which saw Hamilton receive a drive-through penalty for a poor overtaking move on Felipe Massa, he told reporters at a demonstration run in Bangalore that he felt Button has had a superior season.
"Jenson's done an incredible job," Reuters quoted him as saying. "I feel he's done a better job all season, really. So even if I did a better job in the next five races it doesn't mean a lot to me. I mean, it's through a whole year."
His clash with Massa in Singapore thrust Hamilton back into the spotlight, which was only strengthened by a confrontation in the TV interview area after the race. But the McLaren driver, who did not speak to the media on Sunday night, said it had not affected him.
"I was able to just ignore it and move on," he said.
As for his plans for the rest of the season, Hamilton added: "I think for me now it's just to find my ground and improve on the results that we've had in the last four races."
Hamilton’s last podium visit came at the German Grand Prix in July, with the 26-year-old winning ahead of Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso and Red Bull’s Mark Webber.
There are still five races left on the calendar and a good streak of results might change the perception over Hamilton, while at the same time it might strengthen Jenson’s numbers and overall status within McLaren.