Brundle: There may be trouble ahead...

By on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

BBC commentator Martin Brundle has warned that there may be tension between McLaren duo Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton this season

“We haven't seen them in a head-to-head. They're quite good mates, but there's no point being that much of a mate with your team-mate – or any other F1 driver for that matter that you are competing against. When we see them in an absolute head-to-head, I think we might find a different dynamic between the two. If you look back to the Istanbul race and remember Lewis' face on the podium when Jenson had passed him and he wasn't expecting it, I think that's a little taster of what might happen there.”

The McLaren pair have got on well since their partnership began at the start of the 2010 season, but other contenders fell out with each other throughout last season, most notably Vettel and Webber in Turkey.

McLaren does have a history of drivers colliding with each other. Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna famously came together at Suzuka in 1989, whilst David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen had their run-ins despite their relative friendship.

Team mates do collide in Formula One - Toro Rosso did in Germany, Force India at the same race and Mercedes made slight contact with each other in Spa. McLaren will hope Button and Hamilton will stay clean and not ruin any opportunities.

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