x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Change in fortune for Brits

It is a true role reversal for the two home heroes at this weekend's British Grand Prix.

SILVERSTONE // It is a true role reversal for the two home heroes at this weekend's British Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton, victorious at last year on his way to winning the world championship, is struggling desperately in his McLaren-Mercedes this year. Jenson Button has been there. He despaired in an uncompetitive Honda car last time here, failing to finish on his way to a campaign where he would score three points all season.

Now he is a man reborn, riding high as the runaway championship leader with six wins from the first seven races for the Brawn GP team, and hoping for victory in the final home grand prix at the circuit before it moves to Donington Park next year. But Button says: "Even though I've been through a lot of tough times in the past, even before this season, I've always said that I think the decisions I have made or what I have had to deal with, I wouldn't change it as it makes it who you are.

"Now I have got the opportunity to show and to achieve with a very good team and a very good car. "In a way it makes it very sweet for me, but I am sure it is the same for Lewis, coming into Formula One and in his first couple of years achieving so much so early on. "Not many drivers have been able to do that. I wouldn't change my career in the slightest and I am sure Lewis wouldn't." Hamilton, who has scored only nine points this season, said: "I think Jenson understands what I am going through and how tough it is when you don't particularly have the right package beneath you to be able to show what you can do or to get the right results.

"Now he has finally got the car and he is probably driving as good, if not better, than ever before and it I think that is great for him." @Email:akhan@thenational.ae