Jenson Button: “I do think Lewis has the upper hand”

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2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button says Lewis Hamilton is in a better position to win the 2021 title, and if he does “it probably will be his best” championship.

Lewis Hamilton’s former McLaren team-mate Jenson Button gave his thoughts on the 2021 championship battle and whether the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen resembles the legendary rivalry between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.

“It’s definitely up there,” Button said.

“Everyone will look back at Ayrton and Alain and their rivalry and that was a very fiery rivalry and incidents happened that caused both cars not to finish, which were more on purpose than accidents, like it is with Lewis and Max.

“As long as it stays as accidents I think we love this rivalry and I don’t think either of these guys want to put the other one in the gravel and end the race, which is good.

“I think they both want to win it on track. They are both extremely talented.”

As for who will ultimately win the title, the Briton leans toward Hamilton.

“I do think Lewis has the upper hand. I think he’s driving really well. To come back in the last two races he’s done a great job, but also the car Mercedes has is working really well.

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“It’s the strongest time of the season for them. At the start of this season, they were on the back foot, but they have upped their game massively since Silverstone and I think they have the upper hand.”

In the end, Button says he believes if Lewis wins, this would be his “best championship”.

“These are the two best teams of the decade. Two fantastic teams, two very talented drivers and I think if it is Lewis who wins it, yeah, I think it probably will be his best.

“This is the most fraught season ever and I think he’s still trying to understand Max as a driver. I still don’t think he quite understands where Max is going to put himself in a corner or this or that, which is great.

“He’s having to think on his feet a little bit more than actually understanding someone like Nico [Rosberg] or Sebastian Vettel.

“It’s definitely mixed up the championship and I do feel if Lewis wins this one, yes, it probably is his best championship,” concluded the 2009 champion.

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