Thirteen have been mates Jenson Button has had throughout his career in Formula 1, which started back in 2000 with Williams-BMW. There he had as partner to Ralf Schumacher, who at the time was the pilot star of the team from Grove.
Subsequently, Jenson went on to Benetton -which soon became Renault, which coincided with Giancarlo Fisichella and Jarno Trulli. But things did not go overly well with Flavio Briatore -opted by Fernando Alonso – and Jenson finished recruiting for the team BAR in 2003, the team that coincided with Jacques Villeneuve, Takuma Sato, Anthony Davidson and Rubens Barrichello with the conversion to Honda and, finally, to BrawnGP.
Already at McLaren, Button has had to face Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez, Kevin Magnussen, Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne, and at the team from Woking has been where it has been found with the pilots most complicated of his career on a sporting level. In an interview granted to GPUpdate, Jenson Button analyzes the pilots that have left their mark on him, and explains the causes.
The relationship is more complicated
“In terms of atmosphere, probably Ralf Schumacher or Jacques Villeneuve. Was young and they did not like to have a young driver in the team. It was probably more complicated with Jacques. But half a season was good, the atmosphere was sensational and we had so much fun”.
“In terms of pace, Lewis (Hamilton). Could be immensely fast in qualifying and thought: “How the heck has it done?”. But it could also be very far away. You could see his talent, but didn’t have enough control. suddenly, you thought that you were going to beat him in qualifying and took you out four-tenths. But the race disappeared, you were leading and it was something like: ‘Where has it gone?’. It was inconsistent, but incredibly fast. Possibly the fastest at driving a Formula 1, maybe Senna, never you can compare them in reality.”
The most complete
”In the pilot more complete, it would be Fernando (Alonso). By the way in which you work with the team, he is very smart and knows how to get away with it! But also for the way in which it works with the car in the race. In the race, is always there, whether it is in front as if it is behind you. ¡You can never descartarle! I have had classmates actually good, triple World Champions. For me, Lewis is the fastest, but the most complete is Fernando. At least when we have been companions. Now I don’t know how he is Lewis, I think he has grown as a rider. I think that it is now in a more comfortable situation, when we were roommates he got nervous easily if I worked well with the team or did a good lap in qualifying. It seems a lot more relaxed and confident in himself now”.