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Is Button ready to ‘follow’ Hamilton in Korea?

by Sean Goff | October 11, 2012
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BEST OF ENEMIES: Jenson Button (left) and Lewis Hamilton (Getty Images)

By Lee Dover | F1 betting preview

How to lose friends and alienate people, Lewis Hamilton style

Forget that Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso are preparing to do battle in a thrilling end to the 2012 Formula One (F1) season, or that Felipe Massa has remembered that his Ferrari parks in a different spot when he finishes in the top three.

There is only one talking point at the moment – the simmering rivalry between soon-to-be former McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton and his team-mate Jenson Button.

Hamilton had barely put pen to paper with Mercedes, which sees the 2008 world champion replacing Michael Schumacher from next season, before he had a misguided dig at Button.

The 27-year-old took to Twitter @LewisHamilton earlier this week:

https://twitter.com/LewisHamilton/status/255073985493073920

However, Hamilton was soon forced into a U-turn when he realised that Button had not ‘unfollowed’ him – as the McLaren driver had never ‘followed’ him in the first place.

https://twitter.com/LewisHamilton/status/255085826843762690

Now that the bridges are burnt it will be intersting to see how they act on the track when the Korean Grand Prix rolls around at the weekend.

F1: Korea GP

VA VA VROOM: The Korean Grand Prix Circuit (Graphic Images)

While Button faces an almost impossible task to nab the F1 world championship this season – he is 63 points behind leader Fernando Alonso after all – Hamilton is 42 points adrift and could reignite his hopes of capturing a second title in with victory on Sunday.

The question is whether Button, who is 13/2 to win the Korean Grand Prix, will put his differences with Hamilton to one side and help his McLaren team-mate stay in the hunt for the World Championship.

A double podium finish at 3/10 for the McLaren pair will be keenly watched but the 7/2 for Hamilton to go it alone and take the chequered flag in Korea might be the safer play.

Either way, F1 lovers are in for a treat over the weekend when the racing eventually takes centre-stage.


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