Hamilton comments ‘surprise’ Button

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Following his move to Mercedes for the 2013 Formula One season, Lewis Hamilton has made no secret of his adoration for his new team and particularly the greater freedom he enjoys with the German outfit. However, ex-McLaren teammate Jenson Button has said that he struggles to understand these comments.

“I was very, very surprised to hear that. The freedom I have in this team is phenomenal.

“It’s so not like that. It’s a very open team, free team, and a team that will do anything for you.”

2009 world champion Button admitted that he found the work rate at McLaren startling at first, but he quickly settled in, and he has gone on  to win twice in three years at Albert Park with the team.

“In this team, you work, you have to work, and perhaps harder than in other teams. Initially when I came to the team, it was a shock.You learn to understand, to adapt – that is the job.”

On top of his two wins with McLaren in Melbourne, Button also won the race during his championship-winning season with Brawn, making him the most successful active driver at the Grand Prix. Alongside new teammate Sergio Perez, Button will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s race which saw both McLarens lock out the front row and finish on the podium. He will hope that Perez has adapted quickly to the team, and with both drivers renowned for their conservative driving style, the new tires may play in McLaren’s favor.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.