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Jordan tips 'class act' Hamilton for F1 title

Eddie Jordan believes the smart money should go on Britain's Lewis Hamilton to this season regain the Formula One world title.

Hamilton's McLaren team started slowly last season before coming on strong with a late surge, although it was not enough to prevent Brawn GP wrapping up a driver and constructor championship double.

Hamilton this year is partnered with last year's champion, Jenson Button, in an all-British line-up at McLaren, but former team owner Jordan has no doubts who will come out on top.

"I can't get my head away from Lewis Hamilton," said Jordan. "He's sharp. He's got talent, and the return to the sport of Michael Schumacher will only add to that aggression for him to succeed.

"It's perfect for him. My money wouldn't be anywhere but on Hamilton."

Jordan, who will again be a pundit for BBC's F1 coverage, warns that little attention should be paid to this week's testing in Valencia, which saw Fernando Alonso flying in his Ferrari and Button off the pace and complaining about the seat in his McLaren.

Jordan said: "If anybody understands about trying to fool the bookies into a false sense of security, then this is what's happening.

"I wouldn't put any credence at all on what's going on at the moment. What matters is what happens in Bahrain on that first Sunday (March 14). We saw how bad McLaren were in the first half of last season. I went on record saying it was the worst car ever and they still came back. The momentum is with McLaren, and Hamilton is a class act."

According to Jordan, Button will find his change of team something of a culture shock: "Jenson is going to have to learn to accept a different life. At Brawn, he was part of the furniture.

"This is a real eye-opener for him and this will be the measure of the man," added the Irishman.