Alonso Said Button Did Not Make a Mistake Switching to McLaren

Fernando Alonso continues to stand back from issuing any negative comments regarding his former team McLaren Mercedes. After avoiding to hit back at Lewis Hamilton following the Brit's jibe the other week – in which the 2008 world champion praised himself for blowing the Spaniard away a year before – the 2-time world champion also backed Button's decision to move to Woking.

Although he had a troubled time being Hamilton's teammate at McLaren (to say the least), Alonso insisted that Jenson Button made the right decision moving to Woking, as it was pretty clear he needed another challenge in the championship. In addition, the Spaniard referred to McLaren as being a highly competitive team where the 29-year old would have a very good chance of proving himself in F1 once again.

Jenson decided for a new challenge. He was not absolutely happy with the new contract for Brawn and he is going to a very competitive team. Definitely he is happy, and for sure it is not a mistake,” said Alonso, who left Woking after only one season spent at the British outfit.

In recent interviews with the international media, Alonso named McLaren Mercedes – and consequently its drivers Hamilton and Button – as one of his most powerful rivals for the 2010 world title.

As far as Button is concerned, not only Alonso but also his former Renault teammate Jarno Trulli said that the Brit did not make a mistake moving to McLaren Mercedes in the off-season, dismissing recent comments from retired F1 drivers – read Eddie Irvine – that the reigning F1 champ will be “murdered” by Ham next season.

I've been reading stuff left and right saying he will be blown away by Lewis but at the end of the day only the track will tell. Jenson deserves to be world champion and it will be a nice battle at McLaren,” said the Italian veteran in an interview with the BBC.
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