2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button says his former McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton “does not play games” and “will never play dirty”.
Button, who has driven alongside Hamilton from 2010 until 2012, was asked by GQ Magazine to give his opinion of the six-time champion.
“I think he’s quite a shy character, you can probably see that,” said Button.
“I don’t know Lewis now that well, [but] Lewis in 2012 was an extremely talented driver, whose whole life was about racing.
“I had to work so hard to beat him, and obviously it didn’t happen all the time. But it happened enough that I was happy with what I achieved.
“On balance he out-qualified me, but I could race him, and use my head because it wasn’t all about driving flat-out in a grand prix. It isn’t now.
“But Lewis has learnt a lot since then. He’s always looking after the tyres, the fuel, the car… he knows what he’s doing.
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“He’s in a position now where he can relax and think about other things in addition to driving the car. He can be very outspoken and I think it’s great that he is. It will help the sport and the diversity of the sport.
“Whether or not you’re a fan of Lewis as a person, you should definitely be a fan of him as a driver. He is exceptionally talented, and he does not play games. He will never play dirty.
“In fact, I think he’s the cleanest guy I ever raced against,” concluded the Briton.