Button says Hamilton “will be competitive again, if he wants to be”

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2009 F1 champion Jenson Button says Lewis Hamilton is “one of the best in the world, if not the best in the world”, and he “will be competitive again, if he wants to be”.

On The Chris Evans Show on Virgin Radio, Lewis Hamilton’s former team-mate Jenson Button has given his opinion on the Briton’s current struggles with Mercedes’ troubled 2022 car.

“I think the big shift for Lewis is he’s driving a car that isn’t competitive in his world,” Button explained.

“He’s been fighting for the World Championship since 2014 and his team-mate has come, young upstart George Russell, and he’s been competitive.

“Because George is driving a car that’s actually better than he was used to [at Williams], it’s given him confidence and he can push a bit harder.

“Whereas Lewis has probably not got so much confidence in the car to be able to extract the maximum out of it.

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“And when you’ve had a few bad races, it hurts mentally. This is a mental sport. It’s not just physical.”

But Button has no doubt that Lewis will be back to his winning ways, if he wants to be.

“Lewis, as we all know, is one of the best in the world, if not the best in the world at driving a Formula 1 car.

“He will be competitive again, if he wants to be. That’s the thing. Maybe he thinks his career is over and he wants to go and do something else. Who knows?

“But Lewis, if he has a car that’s good enough to win, he will win races,” the Briton concluded.

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