Button delivers Hamilton warning as Brit eyes Schumacher’s F1 record

Jenson Button has told Lewis Hamilton to focus on breaking F1 records, rather than worrying about who he is driving for next season.

Hamilton reportedly met with Ferrari bosses at the end of last year, with his £40million-a-year Mercedes contract running out at the end of 2020.

The Brit superstar, 35, has the chance to equal Michael Schumacher ’s record of seven world titles this season.

And ex-champion Button has urged his former teammate to ignore the paddock chatter and put all his energy into a fourth consecutive title, starting with next weekend’s opener in Melbourne.

Button, who will return as a pundit on Sky Sports, said: “I think pretty much every Brit and fan of Lewis wants to see him win a championship again and to make it seven.

“But there are always going to be rumours when a guy has won six world championships. Sometimes teams comment on situations like that to unsettle drivers or to unsettle other teams. Who knows what truths there are in it?

“I'd be surprised if Lewis changes teams. He has repaid them winning five world championships with them and they have given him the car to do so. It is very difficult for him to walk away from that.

“I don’t know what would make you change your mind and make you want to leave a team you have such a great relationship with.

"It’s not like he is seeing them spiral out of control or not have the funding in the future or not become a manufacturer.

“I think that is the only thing that would make him think of moving teams; if Mercedes wasn’t Mercedes anymore.”

Button revealed he held talks with Prancing Horse bosses in 2011, but turned them down to stay at McLaren – something he regrets.

“I wish that I had the opportunity to drive for them at one stage of my career,” Button said. “I am not sure I would have gone there just because they are Ferrari though.

“I love the idea of Ferrari but I want to win, that’s my main aim. Personally, McLaren was a better option for me to be with at that time.”

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