Lewis Hamilton believes he has had stronger team-mates than Max Verstappen and says the Red Bull driver “didn’t impress him any more” compared to previous Formula 1 world champions; watch all the Singapore Grand Prix live on Sky Sports F1 from 15-17 September
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Jenson Button has revealed that he would be more afraid of Max Verstappen than Lewis Hamilton.
Button was named when Hamilton said it Sky Italy that all his teammates were stronger than Verstappen during their Formula 1 career.
Hamilton and Button were teammates at McLaren from 2010 to 2012, with the latter outscoring his team-mate over the course of three seasons.
“I think Lewis has had some very tough teammates. But I think I would be more afraid to go up against Max in the same car,” said Button. Sky Sports News.
“I think it’s because the car is designed according to his style, or he can drive the car that Adrian Newey gave him. Adrian Newey gives him a car that says: ‘This is the fastest car in the world. If you take away the front downforce, it will go slower, but it will be easier to drive.
“And Max says ‘right, I’ve got to drive the way you built this car and I’ve got to drive it as well as I can’. I think he’s very good at that and I think a lot of drivers struggle with that to compete.”
“They’re all incredible drivers – the best in the world. And some of the best we’ve ever seen in F1. I wish there was more competition up front between Max, Lewis and Fernando. Those are the three that stand out for me.” .
“But it’s not like that in F1. It’s a technological race and Red Bull, fair play to them, are doing a better job at the moment.”
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen teammates in F1
|Lewis Hamilton||Max Verstappen|
|Fernando Alonso (2007)||Carlos Sainz (2015-16)|
|Heikki Kovalainen (2008-2009)||Daniel Ricciardo (2016-2018)|
|Jenson Button (2010-2012)||Pierre Gasly (2019)|
|Nico Rosberg (2013-2016)||Alex Albon (2019-2020)|
|Valtteri Bottas (2017-2021)||Sergio Perez (2021–present)|
|George Russell (2022–present)|
Button: Norris may have to look elsewhere
Verstappen’s future teammate could be Lando Norris, as the British driver has previously held talks with Red Bull about joining the team.
Verstappen, who is aiming for a record 11th successive Grand Prix win in Singapore this weekend, also said the pair had “talked” about being team-mates.
Norris’ contract at McLaren expires at the end of 2025 and Button believes the 23-year-old needs to consider his options.
“The problem is that to become world champion you have to beat the best. When I left Brawn I said to myself: ‘I have to go to McLaren because I need to race against Lewis Hamilton’, who was considered the best,” said Button. .
“I think that’s what he has to decide, what he has to do. If he’s smart, he’ll go for a car that suits his style. I think we’ve seen from a lot of drivers that Red Bull doesn’t suit a lot of drivers. Max, so it’s not an easy decision for him.
“He’s not a guy who can win right now and he probably can’t do it next year. So he has to look elsewhere for 2025 or put his faith in McLaren. They’ve won the race, they’ve won the championship and it could come back.” around.
“If he sees the future and thinks they’re in a good place as a team and that gives him confidence, stay there. If not, go fight Max Verstappen in his own team.”
Sky Sports F1 Singapore GP Live
Friday, September 15
10:00: Singapore GP first practice session (meeting starts at 22:30)
13:45: Second practice of the Singapore Grand Prix (meeting starts at 14:00)
15:30: F1 show
Saturday, September 16
10.15am: Singapore GP 3rd Practice (meeting starts at 10.30am)
13:00: Preparation for qualifying at the Singapore GP
14:00: Qualifying for the Singapore GP
15:45: Ted’s qualifying notebook
Sunday, September 17
23:30: Grand Prix Sunday: preparation for the Singapore GP
13:00: GRAND PRIX OF SINGAPORE
15:00: Checkered flag: Reaction to the Singapore GP
16:00: Ted’s notebook
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