Let's take this to the JB - LH thread... but my post wasn't premature schadenfreude - if you can't recognize that Lewis has been outstanding in qualifying this year, then I don't know what to say. Button has never been a good qualifier with McLaren, something he will have to fix as team leader next year (and especially paired with a driver not known for his 1-lap pace.
I was not referring to your posts, but a strand of opinion that seems to pervade threads to do with Lewis and McLaren. Lewis has been good this year, much better than last year, but it is not really relevant to McLaren's 2013 season because (a) he will not be at McLaren next year, and (b) he is likely to be neutralised by a less competitive Mercedes next year. The real question is - if McLaren develop a good enough car, can Jenson win races and challenge for the WDC. The answer is: quite possibly, IMO.
Lewis' departure will put pressure on the engineering team for that exact reason (Lewis can drive around problems better than Jenson). They will need a balanced car that can warm tyre easily and that has a wide setup range.
I don't see that as pressure really. By the way, driving around problems usually doesn't win WDCs. If he pulls it off on Sunday, Alonso will be the only contemporary exception that I can think of. WDCs are normally won by a good car with good set ups and a driver who is fast and consistent in that well set-up car. Hence, it is not unthinkable that Button could win another WDC, or that Massa could be much stronger in a well sorted Ferrari and challenge Alonso in the way he was originally expected to. Hamilton and Alonso can drive around problems, and have won races because of it, but it is not the key to winning WDCs.
Re: 2013 odds, ... interesting that you take the side of "Mercedes 2013 campaign is an empty PR spiel"... conversely, I could say bookies have 1) no trust in McLaren to turn it around operationally and in terms of reliability and 2) don't think JB is WDC material with such a tight field.
I think the bookies odds reflect betting patterns of punters, not so much their considered opinions on F1.