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Hill forecasts tension between McLaren team-mates

ESPNF1 Staff
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Damon Hill thinks that the McLaren team-mates' relationship will become strained © Sutton Images

Damon Hill thinks that it is only a matter of time before the friendly rivalry between McLaren team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will soon 'boil over' and suggests it could even happen at this weekend's British Grand Prix.

"It's just been on simmer so far and it will start to boil over," said Hill. "Between the two British drivers in possibly the best car you will have a very close and fascinating battle."

Hamilton and Button lie first and second in the drivers' standings and have so far enjoyed a fairly harmonious season together. Only once have things nearly come to a head when Button passed Hamilton for the lead of the Turkish Grand Prix before Hamilton managed to re-pass.

But the 1996 World Champion believes the tension between the team-mates will intensify if the fight for the title remains close in the second half of the season.

"Jenson will not be letting Lewis get away with anything," added Hill. "Your closest most significant competitor is your team-mate and when you've got a team-mate as good as Jenson then it's not a foregone conclusion.

"I know Lewis has the mindset of a driver who sees the normal state of affairs as him being first, which is great, and that's what you'd expect but perhaps Jenson is a little bit more opportunistic and slightly more mature and realistic about things. This could be the start of the rest of the season [for the McLaren relationship].

"Traditionally Silverstone is smack in the middle of the summer, smack in the middle of the season, the preliminaries are over and from now on the clock is definitely ticking. There is only room for one guy."