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I'll beat you next year too, Button warns Hamilton

October 15, 2011 - London

British Formula One racer Jenson Button has warned Lewis Hamilton that he will defeat the latter next year as well.

The McLaren racer is set to become the first team-mate to defeat Hamilton in his five-season F1 career. But Button reckons he will be even stronger next season as he gets the team right behind him, The Sun reports.

"It's a lesson I learned many years ago. If you look back at F1 there are certain drivers that would always try and build a team around them and it helped them. Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost did that, but I suppose Michael Schumacher was the first one of our generation to really do that," he said.

"It was not something I thought about myself when I was younger. But it's one thing I remember about David Richards when he was Team Principal at BAR. He said 'Jenson, you have very good speed, but other drivers out there do a much better job of surrounding themselves with the right people and really working at it with the team'. That definitely did stick with me," Button added.

Hamilton admits he was in a unique situation at McLaren, having been with them since he was 13. But there is a growing sense the team are turning more towards Button, who has signed a new contract with the Woking outfit while Hamilton's runs out next year.


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