Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton has urged McLaren not to let Jenson Button leave the team at the end of the season, describing him as a better driver as most of the others on the grid.
Spaniard Fernando Alonso is widely tipped as the driver to re-join McLaren ahead of the 2015 season after announcing his departure from Ferrari at the end of the season, cutting short his five year stint with the Italian team with two more seasons still to go in his contract and it is expected that the Englishman Button will be the one to make way for the former double world champion.
Button had hoped that it would be rookie youngster Kevin Magnussen who would be making way for Alonso in the team but according to sources within McLaren, they would prefer a team of the hugely experienced Alonso and the rookie Magnussen rather than have two number one drivers in the team, a situation they have been faced with before when Alonso and Hamilton were part of the same team.
The 34 year old has not yet made a decision about his future in the sport but it is expected the Englishman will not join any lesser team just to prolong his career in the biggest motorsport event in the world but would rather seek fresh challenges.
Hamilton said that if he had a team, he would want Jenson Button to be one of the drivers in the team, describing him as a great asset. He went on to add that it is not that McLaren need a better driver, adding that Button is one of the best out there but they want a better car.
McLaren is expected to announce the arrival of Alonso when the season winds up after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.