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Hamilton disagrees with Whitmarsh

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Lewis Hamilton says Martin Whitmarsh is wrong to say he and Jenson Button want to beat each other to four wins © Sutton Images

Lewis Hamilton has disagreed with his McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh that he will be fighting with team-mate Jenson Button for a fourth win of the season at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton and Button are tied of three victories apiece after Hamilton's win in Abu Dhabi last weekend; although Button's third place ensured that he will finish the higher of the two in the drivers' championship this season. Whitmarsh then turned the attention to the battle for outright victories saying: "I'm sure both of them think they can make it four by the end of the season. I know them both well enough that they will want to be the driver who comes out of the year with four wins. They'll both fancy their chances of winning in Brazil."

Hamilton, however, doesn't agree with that assessment. After calling comments made by Whitmarsh in India that Button's form was affecting him "rubbish", Hamilton said the important thing was that the team secured another victory.

"For the life of me I don't know why he would say that because that's not the case," Hamilton said. "Of course we both want to win, but it doesn't matter whether he or I get it, we still end up on a high. That's my view anyway."

Button himself said he thought the season finale at Interlagos could see the most competitive race of the season.

"I'd love to fight for the win there," Button said. "Obviously Lewis will feel the same, and we'll have a good scrap hopefully, although I don't think we'll be the only people in that scrap. Seb is going to want to come back strong, Fernando (Alonso) is on top form, the Ferrari is working well. Felipe (Massa) has something to prove at his home grand prix, and Mark (Webber) wants to do a good job and have a clean weekend. So there will be six of us really fighting it out that weekend, so I'm excited about the challenge, and it would be lovely to get the last win of the season."