Poll Should Button now take a supporting role to Hamilton

Should Jenson now Support Hamiltons Championship hopes.

  • Yes

    Votes: 29 50.0%
  • No

    Votes: 29 50.0%

  • Total voters
    58

Greenlantern101

Super Hero And All Round Good Guy
Contributor
With only 9 rounds remaining and Alonso 88 points ahead of Jenson, he would need to gain 10 points per race on Alonso. With Jenson averaging 9th place this year it is unrealistic to say he still has a chance.

Hamilton is 47 points behind Alonso, so only needs just over 5 points more than Alonso per race.

Is it time Jenson plays the team game and assists Hamilton when possible even if that means swapping places or altering strategy to hold up opponents ?

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ramilas1

Podium Finisher
Jenson already developing into a Massa-type supporting role; turns up, but doesn't do much to get in the way.

Saying that, and the way this season has been, Spa will probably be a Button/Massa front row and 1-2 finish.
 

RickD

Pole Sitter
No he shouldn't, but McLaren need to maximise both drivers results rather than making dodgy strategy calls that do not work.

First thought for McLaren should be the constructors. If Jenson wants to help Lewis out, then fair enough, but do not think he should get forced to, the same as I don't think any driver should get forced to help their team-mate (Massa, Webber, etc..) as this is just the waste of a seat a better driver could be using.

Oh, and I would like to know your thoughts if the points were the other way around.
 

The Pits

Harumph. Again.
Valued Member
If it can make a difference without sacrificing constructors points they should. I would add though, that I am not sure on the long terms benefits of forcing a driver to do the bidding of the team, so serious coaxing would be required.
 

Hamberg

FOTA VIP, I've got the avatar to prove it :)
Contributor
Agree with Rick D

Look at how focusing on one driver has worked out for Ferrari when it comes to the constructors.
 

HammydiRestarules

Di Resta fan :).
Contributor
If we turned the tables on the other foot, would Lewis help Jenson out if he was the one more closer to Alonso with 9 races to go? Somehow i don't think so!
 

Wombcat

Podium Finisher
He'll race for the title as long as the maths allow it. It was ever thus and should always be, unless teams are employing drivers who don't want to win. I wouldn't employ one, would you?
I'd employ drivers who do what is best for the team. Which is winning when they can, but when the teammate has a much more realistic chance for the WDC, they support their mate.
And if I was teammanager from McLaren, I'd be employing teamorders from now on, if it is approriate during the race.
Which means that Button can go as fast as he likes, but if Hamilton is in the place behind him, they would switch places.
 

Johnny Carwash

Champion Elect
Contributor
Even if Button did take a support role for Hamilton it would only work if Button was able to finish ahead of Hamiltons main rivals and take points of them which he hasn't really done recently apart from at Germany.
 

no-FIAt-please

Champion Elect
Premium Contributor
Hmm it depends on the specifc situation really. For example if Button is not directly racing Hamilton (as in Silverstone) he should move aside to let Hamilton past. However if both are fighting for the same position I think that it should be fair game for both, unless Button's championship is mathematically over. I would expect the same of Hamilton if the situations were reversed of course, just like how Hamilton played a pivotal role in Button's P2 in Germany. Overall I voted yes.
 
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