McLaren duo baulk at Hill's 'tortoise and hare' analogy

Stephan Heublein

McLaren's British drivers on Tuesday responded to a claim their battle for team supremacy can be likened to an Aesop's Fable.

Recently, Lewis Hamilton's use of the Fable "sour grapes" was misinterpreted by the Spanish press as his accusation that Fernando Alonso is jealous of the 2008 world champion.

And on Monday, 1996 world champion Damon Hill used another of Aesop's Fables to describe Hamilton and his teammate Jenson Button -- 'The Tortoise and the Hare'.

Although Button takes the role of the tortoise in Hill's eyes, it was interpreted as a compliment. "He (Button) is not at his maximum the whole time," Hill said.

"Will Lewis mature and be circumspect when he needs to be? I don't know if that's his style."