Jenson Button, who beforehand raced alongside Lewis Hamilton at McLaren, has snubbed his former team-mate by claiming that he could be ‘extra fearful’ of going up towards Max Verstappen. A debate has been raging on since Hamilton argued that he has been up towards stronger team-mates than his Purple Bull rival through the years.
Hamilton’s feedback drew a frosty response from Verstappen, who labelled the Mercedes ace ‘jealous’ of his current successes following his maiden world title in 2021. Button has since added additional gasoline to the hearth by suggesting that, in his view, it will be tougher to go up towards Verstappen than Hamilton in equal automobiles.
“I believe Lewis has had some very powerful team-mates,” the one-time world champion informed Sky Sports F1. “He’s had world champions as team-mates, whereas Max hasn’t. However for me, I’d be extra fearful going up towards Max in the identical automobile, as a result of the automobile is designed round his fashion.
“Or, he can drive the automobile that Adrian Newey offers him. Newey offers him a automobile and says ‘that is the quickest automobile on this planet, in the event you take away entrance downforce, it’s going to go slower however shall be simpler to drive’. Max is like ‘I’ve to drive the way you’ve made the automobile, as fast as I can’. He’s superb at that. A number of drivers wrestle to compete with that.
“It’s an extended reply nevertheless it’s a troublesome one. I believe Lewis has had tougher team-mates however I additionally wouldn’t need to go up towards Max. They’re all unbelievable drivers, the perfect on this planet, among the finest ever in F1.”
Hamilton has beforehand been up towards the likes of Button, Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg throughout his time on the F1 grid. He’s presently sharing the Mercedes storage with George Russell, who beat him on factors final yr and is extensively considered a future world champion.
Rosberg, who beat Hamilton to the title in 2016 throughout his time at Mercedes, beforehand weighed in: “He had three world champions as team-mates. That claims quite a bit, doesn’t it? So I do assume it’s appropriate. However, it’s probably not that related as a result of everyone knows how amazingly superior Max is driving.”
Verstappen, in the meantime, has been paired with a number of drivers however none of them have boasted the identical stage of experience as Hamilton’s former colleagues. Daniel Ricciardo was arguably his most troublesome team-mate earlier than he selected to go away Purple Bull on the finish of 2018, solely to return to the Austrian squad as a check and reserve driver 5 years later.
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