Jenson Button: “If Hamilton wants to be competitive, he will be competitive”

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2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button says his former team-mate Lewis Hamilton will “keep fighting as long as he wants to”.

In an interview with the New York Post, Jenson Button gave his opinion on Mercedes’ current struggles, saying the team needs bad experiences to be able to grow.

“It’s unusual for a lot of guys on the team, it’s the first time they haven’t been winning,” the Briton said.

“It’s going to be good for their careers. You need to lose sometimes, it strengthens you as a person, you learn a lot as well.”

Button also commented on his former team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s current performance.

“He’s had a couple of bad races, we all have it in our career. At the moment he’s finding it tough, and people are saying he’s not doing as good a job as his team-mate.

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“He’s not lost it since last season when he was winning races. He’s a seven-time World Champion, almost eight, he will keep fighting as long as he wants to.”

The Briton added Hamilton’s experience is invaluable for Mercedes.

“If he wants to be competitive, he will be competitive. He’s so important to that team, he has so much experience.

“And he knows how to develop a car,” Button concluded.

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