Button: Lewis is the worst possible teammate to have because he is so fast
23 December, 2013
Jenson Button has admitted that Lewis Hamilton is the fastest teammate he has been up against in his long career in Formula 1.
Button spent three years as Hamilton’s teammate at McLaren and said, “Lewis is the fastest team-mate I’ve been up against.”
“Rubens Barrichello (Button’s teammate at Brawn GP) could sometimes pull it out of the bag in qualifying and be quick over one lap, but Lewis does that pretty much every qualifying session and he’s also very competitive during the race.”
“A lot of drivers would say that Lewis is the worst possible team-mate to have because he is so fast, but I find that exciting, it pushes me forwards,” added Button.
Button was beaten by Hamilton in the Championship by two points in 2012, their last season as teammates, but during the course of their three seasons together Button outscored Hamilton 672 to 657.
Hamilton moved to Mercedes at the end of 2012, while Button remained at McLaren and signed for an extra year which will see him drive for the team at least until the end of 2014.
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