LONDON - Formula One champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have paid tribute to fellow British race car driver Dan Wheldon after the IndyCar driver was killed in a massive crash in Las Vegas.
Button, who raced against Wheldon in karting in the 1990s, tweeted Monday that his compatriot was a "true fighter" and a "legend in our sport but also a great guy."
Hamilton, Button's teammate at McLaren, says Wheldon was "a racer I'd followed throughout my career as I often followed in his footsteps as we climbed the motor sport ladder in the UK. He was an extremely talented driver."
Hamilton says he took inspiration from "a British guy who not only went over to the States but who twice won the Indy 500." Hamilton finished second in Sunday's Korean Grand Prix, with Button fourth.