Hamilton Tips Button for F1 Title

As he has little chances of defending his F1 title this year, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton tipped fellow countryman Jenson Button for the 2009 Formula One Championship. The Brawn GP driver has had an incredible start of the season in 2009, as he won no less than 4 out of the first 5 races. He now rests some 14 points ahead of teammate Rubens Barrichello in the overall classification.

While reckoning the Brawn GP's was an incredible story this year, Hamilton said he'd be happy for Button to succeed him as F1 champion. Also, he argued his countryman has a great chance of clinching his first Monaco win in career next weekend.

I think Jenson's got a great chance, a great shot at it so I wish him all the best. I think if I were to wish anyone (else) to win, it would be him. I think it's a great story, so I wish him all the luck. They (Brawn) are going to have a great car there (in Monaco) so to beat them will be very tough. I don't think he has ever won there ... it will be a very special one for him to add to his list,” said Hamilton in an interview with Reuters.

However, he insisted he won't give up his title without a fight, as he still thinks he has a slight chance of retaining his crown. Although he's no less than 32 points behind Button, he said he'll keep pushing for race wins until the mid-season, when he'll know exactly where he is in the championship.

“I want to win the world championship, we are a long way behind in points. I've never been as far behind or ahead in points before. There's a lot of races left and if the car in front that is leading doesn't finish the next 10 races ... it's never over until it's over. For sure when we get to mid-season if we've still not scored many points, then we will have to knock it on the head,” added the British driver.
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