Hamilton will come back stronger, says Button

Mon May 26, 2014 10:04am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MONACO (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg had better brace for the backlash from Lewis Hamilton after ending his Mercedes team mate's run of four wins in a row and taking the Formula One championship lead.

Jenson Button, who partnered Hamilton at McLaren from 2010 to 2012, was sure from his own experience that his fellow-Briton would come back harder than ever from his Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

Mercedes, winners of all six races so far this season, are in a class of their own and the next race in Canada is one of Hamilton's old favorites having won there three times in the last six years.

"I always remember with Lewis that when we had a tussle in a race, or there was an issue between us or with the team, he would have a really bad race and be quite outspoken and quite emotional about it," Button recalled.

"And the next race he would destroy me, he would come there and be stronger than ever."

Monaco exposed more glaringly than ever just how intense the rivalry has become between Hamilton and Rosberg, how much their relationship has cooled since the start of the season and how much suspicion and intrigue is going on behind the scenes.

The two team mates have finished the last five races one-two and would surely have done so also in the Australian opener had Hamilton not suffered a costly retirement through no fault of his own.

Button said Mercedes were so far ahead of the rest that their drivers would have to 'wipe each other out' for anyone else to have a chance of winning.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany holds his trophy behind team mate Lewis Hamilton (R) of Britain after winning the Monaco Grand Prix in Monaco May 25, 2014.        REUTERS/Max Rossi