Let’s be honest the title is over but imagine if this was the situation in Suzuka…
Final lap and Hamilton is in 1st place, Button second and Vettel has retired.
Honestly, I don’t think it will come to that. Based on their relative performances of late, I’d say it’s far more likely that Hamilton will not be leading the Japanese Grand Prix, and therefore, it won’t be a problem.
I also believe that Hamilton would only let Button through if Jenson had a realistic chance of winning the title.
Well, Button wouldn’t get the “more-realistic” chance without Vettel moving over. If Vettel fails to score and Button wins, the championship cannot be settled in South Korea because Vettel will be twenty-six points away from sealing the title.
Well, the underlying point still stands: if Hamilton will only ever move over for Button if Button stands a “realistic chance” of winning the title, then he will move over because it will keep Button’s title fight more alive than if he finishes in front of Button since Button would get seven more points for first than he would for second.
@Ell – I doubt it. This is the first time anyone has been ahead of Lewis in the standings this far into a season and I don’t think he’s willing to concede that he might be beat by a teammate over season.
I don’t think they would bother in this case, not just because Vettel is pretty likely to pick up at least a point in the other remaining races but Button winning all the remaining races is pretty unlikely too.