“Although he’s not been on the podium (at Silverstone), it’s not been for a lack of ability, it’s been for a lack of opportunity, the lack of a car, reliability and stuff,” Hamilton said of Button. “But his day will come, and when it does, I hope I’m there as well.”
Hamilton hasn’t won his home race since 2008, when he went on to win the championship. Hamilton’s priority on Sunday will be closing the 23-point gap to Alonso after being shunted into a wall by Williams’ Pastor Maldonado in Valencia last month.
“(Alonso) can be caught,” Hamilton said. “All it takes is for them to have one hiccup, and for us to have a good weekend, and we’re right back up there.”
That optimism is also being echoed at Red Bull.
Like Hamilton, two-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel failed to finish in Valencia, stalling midway through the race after starting from pole. But Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is sure Vettel’s rocky form will come to an end after teammate Webber rose to second with his fourth-place finish in Valencia.
“To that point it was our most competitive showing in a grand prix this year,” Horner said. “Whilst very annoying to lose a race like that, we drew some comfort from the fact the car was so quick.”