1996 world champion Damon Hill has advised Jenson Button to quit Honda if he also wants to become a formula one title winner.
46-year-old Hill, who is president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, said at Silverstone on Tuesday that “the clock is ticking” for Button even though his English countryman won his first grand prix last year.
“I don’t believe Honda will be a championship winning team,” Hill told reporters at an event at the British GP venue.
“There’s a bit missing with that team.”
Brackley based Honda has endured a difficult winter on and off the test tracks, provoking criticism with the so called ‘Earth Car’ livery and failing to set the time sheets alight with the RA107 car.
Hill questioned 27-year-old Button’s apparent loyalty to the Japanese owned team, saying that with each passing season he risks going “stale” in the minds of alternate grand prix bosses.
“He should ask some serious questions about how he gets to a reliable race winning car,” the winner of 22 formula one races added.