Formula One: Hamilton heading in the right direction, says Button
Jenson Button firmly believes he is working with the best manager in Formula One, but has no doubts Lewis Hamilton has taken the right route for his career.
In ending a year without guidance after splitting from his father Anthony as manager, Hamilton opted for a global brand by signing with Simon Fuller's XIX Management last month.
Hamilton has made it clear he is looking at life beyond Formula One.
At the age of just 26, that day would appear to be some way off yet, but Hamilton is determined to at least sow seeds that can be reaped in the future, potentially moving into acting or music.
Button, who has worked with just one man to oversee his affairs in Richard Goddard for the last few years, said: “I have some ideas what I want to do in the future, but you have to be very careful in looking too far ahead. You have to live in the moment.
“For Lewis, he is going to be racing in Formula One for a long time — I'm hoping he is anyway. He should be.
“He's an exceptional talent, but he obviously needs someone looking after his business side.
“He does his talking on the track, and I think he is growing as a driver, as a person. He is definitely growing the right way. But I hope it all goes well with Lewis. He obviously took his time to find his management.
“He feels comfortable with them, so fair play to him, and I hope it works out for him.”
Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel was still a runaway winner Down Under but Button and Hamilton are hoping to shine in this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.