With a career spanning 17 years, Jenson Button has raced against some of Formula 1’s most legendary drivers – and the Sky F1 pundit has selected six who he would rank as the best he’s ever shared the track with.
The former world champion made his selections on the Sky F1 Vodcast.
“I’ve struggled to get less than six [of the greatest F1 drivers]… and it’s going to be the six while I’ve been racing because it’s the only way I can really judge them because I’ve been on the track with them,” explained Button, who won his title with Brawn in 2009 and retired in 2016.
“I always find it difficult comparing someone like [Juan Manuel] Fangio to someone like Lewis [Hamilton]. They’re decades apart, and it’s a completely different sport.”
So who makes Button’s list? He started with two drivers he partnered at McLaren.
“I’d stick Lewis in there.
“And Fernando Alonso.
“I’ve been team-mates with both of them and they have immense talent, in very different ways.”
Next for Button were two more current F1 2020 drivers – one a multi world champion and one an emerging star.
“Sebastian Vettel, because doing four on the bounce was a big deal. He’s struggling a bit now, and has made silly mistakes, against a very competitive team-mate, but I think it’s going to make him a better driver in the future.
“Then I have to say Max Verstpapen.
“I didn’t race with him for many years, but seeing his performances in tricky conditions like in Brazil 2016, that is just out of this world, staggering what he can do with a car.”
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