I know it’s a slim possibility, but just imagine for a moment that during the Japanese GP Vettel is eliminated and Hamilton is leading by, lets say, 5 seconds and Button is second, do you think Hamilton would move over to let Button take the win to continue the championship hunt?
In this situation do you think that:
1/ Button would ask for it?
2/ McLaren would ask Hamilton to?
3/ Hamilton would do it of his own accord?
My personal opinion is that Hamilton would move over of his own accord, he’s a smart guy and knows that it’s for the good of the team.
I don’t think Button would ask for it. He’s a smart cookie and he knows there’s no point possibly harming his relationship with Lewis (from his end anyways) to get a 1 in a million shot which probably won’t happen. McLaren should also see it the same way. I don’t think Hamilton would do it of his own accord unless asked to; which I already have said I don’t think they will. He’s in too close a battle of pride against Button; and moving over would just probably guarantee him to finish lower than Button in the standings.
1/ Button would ask for it? – Possibly, if Hamilton was in a fight, distracted, or putting in slightly faster laps on occasion.
2/ McLaren would ask Hamilton to? – Despite McLaren team ethics, they would suggest it to him. Hamilton of course, is his own driver, and the only person in the car.
3/ Hamilton would do it of his own accord? – Yes, he is a team player, and he’s will do what it takes to help the team if he is not massively effected (ie, he doesn’t loose a few more places due to a tail of other cars behind Button )