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Button not ready to help Hamilton

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Jenson Button: "I think it's a pretty pointless conversation right now" © Sutton Images
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Jenson Button will only start to think about helping team-mate Lewis Hamilton win the title this year if it becomes mathematically impossible for him to be champion.

On Thursday morning McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said "there may well come a point" when he asks Button to help Hamilton, but that "it will be in quite a few races' time" and at the moment the pair are free to race. Button is currently 41 points behind his team-mate, who is a further 47 points behind championship leader Fernando Alonso, and says that he is not even entertaining the idea of helping Hamilton at the moment.

"I think it's a pretty pointless conversation right now," Button said. "If I was 40 points behind Lewis in the championship and he was leading do you think they would turn around and say you have to support your team-mate? It's not a big margin; it's less than two wins.

"Half of the grid is in front of their team-mates and the rest of the grid is not going to turn around and help their team-mate win the championship because you tend to still think you have a good chance. Until that chance has gone you are going to fight for it.

"I'm not here to just race around and help my team-mate win a championship because I'm here to fight and to do the best job I can for myself first of all and also for the team. I think it would be a pretty boring championship if there were only 12 of us fighting for the victory and the rest of us there to help our team-mates. It's not the sort of Formula we should want. I'm going to be fighting all the way until I either win the championship or it's not possible."