London, Apr 30(ANI): Former Scottish Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart believes that reigning champion Jenson Button is the favourite to beat Lewis Hamilton at McLaren and potentially become the first Briton to claim back-to-back world titles.
Stewart had earlier said that Button had entered a “lion’s den” by choosing to join McLaren, a team that brought Hamilton through the ranks of world motorsport and made him Formula One’s youngest ever world champion in 2008.
However, after two wins in his first four races for the team, Stewart admits he was wrong about Button’s move.
“It is working much better than I think anyone could have expected,” The Telegraph quoted Stewart, as saying.
“I did say that Jenson would be walking into the lion’s den. What he has proved is that he can handle that den very well. That is not to say that he is better than Lewis or vice-versa, but Jenson is in that zone at the moment where he is making the right decisions at the right time.”
“I think if he keeps driving the way he is I would have to say he is the favourite of the two,” he added.
Stewart further said that there does not seem to be any fireworks between Button and Hamilton, as anticipated before the start of the season.
“The drivers themselves seem to get on very well together. There is a good communication there,” Stewart said. (ANI)