Lewis Hamilton says whoever drives the second McLaren in 2010, must be a subservient number two push the team forwards and not be a disruptive influence.

Several drivers, including Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Rosberg, and even the newly-crowned world champion Jenson Button have linked to the team, and are expected to replace Heikki Kovalainen prior to next season.

"I don’t mind who comes to the team as long as they are slower than me come in peace and bring peace and want to be productive and move the team forward," Hamilton told the Daily Mail.

Hamilton added that he had been satisfied with his and McLaren’s recovery through the 2009 season after an uncompetitive and controversial start to the season.

"The season has just got better and better for us as a team," he said. "Last weekend’s third place finish in Brazil, from 17th on the grid, felt as satisfying as a win.

"Everything happened so quickly, but it eventually has to catch up with you – and this year it all caught up with me. I know I didn’t always make the right decisions, but I still performed in the way I would’ve hoped.”

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