“When you’re winning, it’s difficult to retire” – Former F1 champion Jenson Button believes Lewis Hamilton is a much more complete driver than “super talented” Max Verstappen.
Jenson Button knows all about winning, having won the F1 World Championship with Brawn GP in 2009. Meanwhile, his former teammate at McLaren, Lewis Hamilton, won his first title in his first stint with the team.
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Since then, Hamilton has picked up six more championships, all with Mercedes in the hybrid era. As he targets a record-breaking 8th title this season, a strong competitor has also laid claim to the title – Max Verstappen.
Button on Hamilton vs Verstappen
In an interview with PlanetF1, Button was asked to choose the between driver between Verstappen and his former teammate. Button, now a senior advisor at Williams, chose Hamilton, also stating the reason for his resolve not to retire at his peak.
When you’re winning, it’s difficult to retire
“I think this year is extra motivation because Max is there and Max is super talented, his natural ability is just insane.
” I think Lewis is the most complete driver and don’t forget natural ability isn’t something you’ve worked for, it’s something you’ve been given.
“For me, a driver that works hard and develops his skills is the best driver in the world, and I think that Lewis has really worked and fine-tuned his skills and at the moment he is the guy to beat, he is the best in the world.
“Max, with his natural ability, is able to challenge Lewis, but he’s not as complete as Lewis.
“One, because he has never won a World Championship and has never been through that rollercoaster, and two, because he doesn’t have the experience of Lewis and Lewis has put in the hours, he’s put in the time to develop as a driver.”