16 May 2009

Lewis Hamilton says he can retain F1 title

6:30 am on 16 May 2009

The world champion Lewis Hamilton is shrugging off being shunted into the Formula One shadows by Jenson Button, but insists his dreams of retaining his Formula One title aren't doomed.

Hamilton's lagging behind the Brawn GP driver after just five races with Button on 41 points after four wins while Hamilton is struggling in seventh with just nine points in his McLaren.

Hamilton says he's happy to see Button, five years his senior, finally realise the potential which brought him into the sport nine years ago.

He says Button is doing a great job and he's always had a lot of respect for him.

Hamilton says when Button arrived at F1 he was a superstar and he got into a car that wasn't particularly very quick and it went downhill rather than up.