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Hamilton wrong to leave McLaren - Button

ESPN Staff
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Jenson Button: "I personally don't think it is the right decision" © Press Association

Jenson Button believes that Lewis Hamilton is making the wrong decision to leave McLaren at the end of the year.

Hamilton will join Mercedes in 2013, leaving Button at McLaren to be joined by Sergio Perez. Mercedes has won just one grand prix since returning to Formula One in 2010 having taken over Brawn GP - the team with which Button won his 2009 world championship - while McLaren has won 16 races in that time.

While Button has previously stated his understanding for a driver wanting a fresh challenge, he now says he doesn't believe Hamilton's made the right move.

"He has chosen to go his own way at the end of the year," Button is quoted by The Guardian. "It is his decision, although I personally don't think it is the right decision.

"We are not close friends. We work together and have a good working relationship. If we think there is something wrong with the car we will work on it."

Button also said that he expects the rest of the season to be approached in the same manner as the opening 16 races, despite both McLaren drivers having ruled themselves out of the title race.

"The team will give Lewis everything they can because Lewis can give the team chances of winning races, as I can. The team care about the drivers, but also they care about winning. There will not be any change in this team at all in the way we go racing with two drivers."