“I would put your money on Lewis winning the title” – Former champion Jenson Button is expecting Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton to dominate this season, but expects an open field from 2022 onwards, after the new regulations kick in.
Former F1 champion Jenson Button is expecting the same this season, with Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton winning titles. This is considering Hamilton and Mercedes agree on an extension of the driver’s contract. Button was talking to Planet F1 in an exclusive interview.
“In 2021, it will be Mercedes again and I would put your money on Lewis winning the title.”
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Jenson Button hoping for better things for Formula 1 from 2022
The Brawn GP winner is expecting the playing field to be more competitive from the 2022 season. Teams like Aston Martin, McLaren, Renault, and Ferrari are expected to be strong competitors to the might of Mercedes and Red Bull.
Jenson Button has pointed the budget cap that will come into force, the fresh injection of capital into historic teams like McLaren and Williams, and F1 veterans like Ross Brawn and Stefano Domenicali who are going to steer the sport this decade.
“But I do think people will challenge Mercedes in future. The thing is at the moment is Mercedes are just at the top of their game. They have great people, they have funding and don’t have to worry about money and wondering where the spare parts for the car are going to come from.
“I hope with the budget cap we will see more teams being competitive. Formula 1 has become more interesting to investors now there is a budget cap with Williams being bought and McLaren having a big injection of cash from investors, so I think the sport is definitely on the up and the budget cap is helping with that.
“Plus, with Ross Brawn at the helm in F1, that will help with the direction of the sport in terms of how the cars will look and feel, and how they will be able to race with each other.
“I think Formula 1 is a good place and I’m really excited for 2022 to see who is fighting at the front. Hopefully it will be a lot more open and we see more cars fighting for podiums than we do right now.”