Formula 1: Jenson Button on rumours of Lewis Hamilton retiring
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Lewis Hamilton has been rumoured to retire from racing following his disappointing defeat at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. However, chatting to Good Morning Britain ‘s Susanna Reid and Adil Ray on Wednesday, his F1 friend and colleague Jenson Button has insisted the rumours are unsubstantiated.
Jenson predicted the world champion racer will indeed be returning to race this year's F1 Championship in March.
However, his new business partner Ant Anstead pleaded with him not to stoke the rumours.
He blasted Susanna and Adil: "You're trying to get the scoop. Don't tell them anything!"
Jenson laughed and joked: "Where's my phone? Where's my phone?"
The racer admitted: "I haven't got a clue. But I do know I was the only person to interview Lewis after his last race."
‘Havent got a clue’ Jenson Button swerves Lewis Hamilton F1 retirement probe (Image: Getty)
GMB: Jenson spoke to Adil and Susanna about the rumours (Image: ITV)
Although he assured Susanne and Adil he hasn't got the inside scoop, he made the bold prediction Lewis will indeed be competing.
"I do hope he'll be racing," he continued. "I think he will be racing.
"He wants to win that eighth title to be the most decorated Formula One driver in F1 history."
Jenson partnered with Lewis in 2010 with McLaren, and retired himself at the end of 2016 following four seasons with no victories.
GMB: Jenson predicted Lewis will be back to F1 this year (Image: GMB)
GMB: Mercedes could sue Lewis if he retires (Image: Getty)
Lewis continued to become the joint world record holder with Michael Schumacher with seven F1 wins, though his latest outing was marred with controversy.
Winner Max Verstappen was criticised for appearing to force Lewis off the track during the São Paulo Grand Prix, though he was not criticised.
Jenson later chatted with Lewis after his crushing defeat in Abu Dhabi led to several pundits predicting his absence at the next F1.
However, not only was Jenson confident he'll be racing, he also gave him good odds to win his eighth F1 title.
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"He will do that, I really do think so," he said of Lewis' chances to win his eighth title.
"Controversial into the season, but I think you've got to look at the season as a whole."
"Formula One is in an amazing place. Two fantastic drivers going at it every weekend."
"And I think everyone's excited about the new season. It's all about the development of these cars over the year."
Susanna pressed Jenson further on Lewis' poor performance during his latest race.
But Jenson's business partner Ant cut in: "While the finale was controversial, I think the sport is popular now and it needs that controversy. It needs the battle amongst the competitors."
Lewis' potential retirement is even more unlikely considering his contract with current partner Mercedes.
The manufacturers could technically sue the driver if he decides to pull out from the next race.
There's still just over a month to go until the next season gets started, and there are still no signs he won't continue for a 10th season with the team just yet.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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