Button: I'd love to have Alonso as a team-mate (but only if Lewis wasn't around)
14:22 GMT, 29 March 2012
Jenson Button has revealed he would love to have Fernando Alonso as a team-mate.
The two drivers are both world champions, starting out in Formula One just a year apart, with Button in 2000 and Alonso in 2001.
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However, they currently find themselves on opposing sides of F1's greatest rivalry with Button at McLaren and Alonso with Ferrari.
Button's remark is not to suggest any great desire to leave his current employers for the Maranello marque, nor that he is not enjoying working alongside current team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
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However, of all the drivers – with the exception of Hamilton – Button believes 30-year-old Spaniard Alonso would make an ideal team-mate.
'Lewis is extremely quick, we see that all the time, and it's really exciting having a team-mate like that,' said Button.
'It's tough on some days, but other days it's great, and it's a real challenge, which I like.
'But if Lewis wasn't in Formula One, for example, I personally feel it would be exciting having Fernando as a team-mate.
'Fernando is extremely talented, he is a double world champion, he is fast.
'Is he the fastest in the sport Probably not, and he would probably say the same, but he is very intelligent.'
Button feels he and Alonso are kindred spirits when it comes to their current way of going about their business, in particular with the way they both enjoy working with their teams.
'In some ways we're similar, in other ways we are definitely not,' added Button.
'One of the ways in which we are is in terms of wanting a team of people around us. We need that support to really achieve.
'So yeah, he'd be exciting to work with, to work with and to be an enemy, which I'm sure he would be.'