Button backs Hamilton

LONDON - Jenson Button has expressed support and sympathy for Lewis Hamilton after the row that erupted when his former McLaren team-mate was clipped by Nico Rosberg at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The incident caused a puncture that ultimately ended the British driver’s race. Hamilton, who is in a battle for the title with Rosberg, went on to claim his Mercedes team-mate had admitted to causing the accident on purpose.

Button, who enjoyed a terrific scrap with Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Kevin Magnussen to finish an impressive sixth at Spa, believed Rosberg’s attempt to go round the outside of Hamilton at Les Combes was a non-starter.

“There was nothing there,” Button said. “All he could do was go off the circuit. There was no move. I think any driver would look at it now, and I am sure Nico would look at it and say: ‘What was I thinking?’”

Mercedes executives were furious about the crash and called a meeting with the drivers after the race, at which Hamilton claimed that Rosberg admitted he caused the collision deliberately.

“He said he did it on purpose. He said he could have avoided it,” Hamilton said.

Rosberg finished second and leads Hamilton by 29 points in the drivers’ championship. The German has insisted it was a racing incident.

Button, who raced with Hamilton at McLaren for three seasons between 2010 and 2012, viewed the incident as another element of his former colleague’s run of terrible luck. He has suffered four mechanical failures in racing or qualifying, compared to Rosberg’s one.

“I feel for Lewis, he was leading the race. It is unbelievable,” Button said. “I’ve never seen such bad luck or misjudgment on other people’s part to lose so many points compared to anyone else. It is astonishing especially when you have a car that is so dominant. They should be first and second at every race.” – Agencies

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