McLaren duo coy on future but relishing competition

© Daniella Matar, AP, 8 September 2012
© AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal

McLaren teammates Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are doing their best to stop speculation of Hamilton's future becoming the focus of this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton took pole position after setting the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday, and Button made it a McLaren one-two.

Talk of a possible move to Mercedes for Hamilton continues to dominate, but the duo remain taciturn.

When asked how easy it was to put speculation on his future to one side Hamilton said, "I haven't had any distractions this weekend." The Brit later repeatedly said "it doesn' just doesn't" when pressed as to whether a display like today affected his thinking as to his future.

Meanwhile, when it was put to Button that he probably wouldn't be in the same team as Hamilton next year, the 32-year-old laughingly said "Where am I going? Sorry. That's the first I've heard of it."

Button says he is happy to have a competitive teammate, after qualifying a tenth of a second behind Hamilton.

Hamilton spearheaded another McLaren front-row lockout, the third occasion he has done so this season.

"I think we all love a good fight and we all love a challenge," Button said. "Having a competitive teammate, sometimes you think 'damn, sometimes I wish I didn't have such a competitive teammate' but a lot of the time it's good because it pushes you and you can see where you are in terms of your performance in a race weekend.

"There are positives and negatives, but I think there are more positives than negatives."


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