Annnnnnnnd again. 2010 Lewis 'challenged for the title' and Jenson didnt. I disagree.
Jenson had a disasterous Korean race that pretty much ended his bid, 2 races left. Lewis stayed in contention for one race longer, but he was dead and burried by Brazil with 1 race left. Anyone who thinks he had a realistc shot in Abu Dhabi is a moron, he was out of it.
So on that basis, we are back once again at the point where Hamilton fans are splitting hairs to make a sweeping general statement possible.
2012 - Button is less than a race win behind with 6 races to go, in my book Hamilton is NOT challenging for the title anyway. Vettel and Alonso will fight it out.
Yet again, you are splitting hairs, drawing a conclusion that suites you and presenting it as fact.
oh and PS. This would be a button fan, looking under the surface of your sweeping generalisations, as I and others do fairly often. Your closing comment is one hell of a stupid thing to say IMHO.
Maybe I got carried away with my final statement. My point is that a lot of Button fans refuse to look at context, that surely you can't deny? There is plenty evidence alone on this page.
As for challenging for the title:
In 2010 Button was never really in the title bid once it got serious; too many people ahead of him for starters, which included his team-mate being the better driver that year, making it all but impossible (bar non fault DNF's) for him to win it. Performance wise he never had a chance.
In 2012, Button was out of it from almost day dot. Hamilton is still in with a chance seeing as he would have won 3 of the last 4 if not for a non-fault DNF, this means he has the pace and form to challange for wins for the rest of the year. If Hamilton had won in Singapore (which I think we can all agree he would have), in the last 4 races Hamilton would have gained 40 odd points on Alonso. If that stays the same he will win the WDC. (I don't think that run will continue though). However, I think its fair to say Hamilton is still in the WDC, if only just.
Plus, the only reason Hamilton is only just in the race is because of bad luck, which is unlike the reasons for Button. Performance wise, Hamilton has challenged in 2 seasons. Performance wise Button has not.