Button says Hamilton and Russell are “a really good driver pairing”

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Jenson Button says “five years earlier if George came into the team we’d see a different Lewis Hamilton”, but “Lewis is such a rounded character now”.

After the first situation which pitted Lewis Hamilton and George Russell directly against each other on the track, fighting for a win at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Lewis’ former McLaren team-mate Jenson Button gives his thoughts on the relationship between the two drivers.

“I think obviously Lewis doesn’t want George beating him because Lewis wants to win every race as a racing driver,” Button said on Sky’s Any Driven Monday.

“But for Lewis, five years earlier if George came into the team we’d see a different Lewis Hamilton in terms of his views on his team-mate and opinions on him. Lewis is such a rounded character now in terms of the way he goes racing.

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“He’s had so much success in the sport, and yeah he probably won’t be racing for so many years, so he’s probably thinking ‘this guy is basically as good as it gets for people in their 20s right now, I’m in my late 30s and still able to fight him or beat him’.

“I think Lewis is very comfortable in himself, I think it’s a really good driver pairing.

“They’re both very respectful and that’s the first thing you need, to be respectful and to be telling the truth in terms of set up, being open with your opinions, and that’s the only way they’re going to work together and build as a team,” the Briton concluded.

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