Lewis Hamilton says McLaren should keep Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button
Lewis Hamilton partnered Jenson Button at McLaren for three years from 2010-2012
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Date: 7-9 November First practice: Friday, 7 November 11:55-13:35 GMT Second practice: Friday, 7 November 15:55-17:35 Third practice: Saturday, 8 November 12:55-14:05 Qualifying: Saturday, 8 November 17:00-17:05 Race coverage: Sunday, 9 November 15:30-18:06 BBC Radio 5 live & live text commentary online; highlights 20:30-22:00 on BBC One

Lewis Hamilton has described Jenson Button as "better than most of the drivers" and urged McLaren to keep him.

With Spain's Fernando Alonso set to leave Ferrari and join McLaren, Button's future at the team - and in F1 - is uncertain.

Button, 34, says he has not made a decision on his future - but hinted that he may leave the sport.

Jenson Button cryptic on McLaren future

Mercedes driver Hamilton, 29, said: "If I had a team, I would want him in it because he's a great asset."

"It's not the team need a better driver - there are not many out there. They just need a better car," he added.

"Button is a great driver, still one of the strongest, and he's had an amazing career. He's also a decent guy, so it doesn't correlate."

McLaren - who also have Dane Kevin Magnussen in their team - have yet to announce who their drivers will be next season.

Hamilton, who partnered Button at McLaren for three years from 2010 to 2012, added: "He still has plenty of time, given his ability as a driver, to keep racing and winning."

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