Hamilton may never win title says Button

Sun, 11 November 2007, 10:23

Lewis Hamilton may never again get the chance to win a world championship, his countryman and rival Jenson Button has warned.

Hamilton, the McLaren rookie, looked certain to make history this year by securing the drivers’ title at his first attempt, as he entered the final races of the season with a substantial points advantage over his rivals.

But errors and problems in China and Brazil, as well as the back to back victories of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, meant the 22-year-old ultimately had to settle for the runner-up spot.

Hamilton dealt with the disappointment by telling the media that he will come back even stronger next year, but Button warned that title opportunities may never come around twice.

“He’s a great driver, but there are lots of great drivers in formula one who did not have his package,” said Button, who won his maiden grand prix last year and then fell to the back of the field in 2007 with the abysmal Honda RA107 racer.

The 27-year-old told the Evening Standard: “What would worry me is the lost opportunity. You can’t say in my sport: ‘Oh well, I only missed out by a point so next year I’ll go one better’. It doesn’t work like that.

“He should be sick as a dog because another chance like that might not come round again,” Button added.

Consoling Hamilton over the winter period, however, are ever increasing signs that he could be about to embark on perhaps the most financially-lucrative career in the history of the sport.

The Independent newspaper reports that he is considering floating himself on the London stock market, with a 10 per cent share in his newly formed company to potentially generate about $100m immediately.

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