Button says Hamilton is a “more complete” driver than Verstappen

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2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button says Max Verstappen “is naturally gifted”, but Lewis Hamilton is “a much more complete racing driver”

Lewis Hamilton’s former Mercedes team-mate Jenson Button has chimed in on the ‘who is better – Max Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton’ debate. At first he acknowledged Verstappen’s “natural ability”.

“Max. It’s just natural, isn’t it?” Button said.

“When you look at Max’s parents, his dad raced in F1. I raced against his dad and my first points finish was in Brazil, in my second race.

“To get that point, I had to overtake his dad, Jos. You didn’t want to get him upset. There was a little bit of aggression there.

“He was an amazing talent, one of the best kart drivers ever, and still probably to this day.

“And his mother, Sophie, I was teammates with in karting. She was a professional and one of the best in the world, so it’s definitely in the blood.”

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However, Button doesn’t think Max is the best.

“Naturally gifted? Yes. Is he the best? I don’t know if he’s the best driver that has ever lived or the best in F1 now.

“When you look at Lewis, you think he is a much more complete racing driver with a lot more experience, maybe that’s why.

“[Verstappen] has got to work hard. Even if you think you’re the best, there’s still more you can do to be better.

“That is where Michael Schumacher was so strong,” the Briton concluded.

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