Jenson Button is unlike few other drivers in the tectonic world of Formula 1. So how is that? While there are many who speak their mind, which is such an important part of being authentic and real or genuine as one might put it, Jenson Button puts out his mind and feelings gently. Or as one would put it, in an utterly gentleman fashion. Concerned and understanding of the troubles and challenges that drivers put themselves through in order to contest in Grand Prix racing, truth be told, no word occurs impolite and harsh when it comes from Jenson Button.
The 2009 world champion, who nowadays one can see attending several Grands Prix has proven himself to be a worthy wordsmith behind the mic, which is where the famous Briton’s talent lies nowadays. With the days of fiery on-track battles long over, the former Formula 1 driver whose last team in the sport was McLaren recently shared some interesting anecdotes about that particular battle of the season, which has got everyone talking.
And as a matter of fact, what Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have gone on to achieve both hits and misses, highs and lows in a season where it’s mostly them scoring headlines, very little has belonged to the others. The likes of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have achieved very little in comparison to the roaring onslaught produced by Max and Lewis, though Leclerc’s brilliant 2nd at Silverstone was indicative of the Scuderia stable keen to get on to a fight in what’s, thus far, been a Ferrari vs Red Bull show.
The only other driver who’s been able to eek out a win has been Sergio Perez, who took only his second career win, albeit another Red Bull car winning a race, a victory which marked a triumph of not the one who persevered but the only who often stays under-appreciated (Baku 2021).
That being told, in a recent conversation with Sky Sports, Jenson Button offered a fair examination of the battle of the season, one that has enough power to constantly dominate the season that’s in front of us. And make no mistake, there are no fewer than eleven more races to go, which is unless any more Grand Prix events get cancelled in the wake of the fears of the upcoming third wave of the Coronavirus.
“It’s going to be a feisty one from here on, which is good for us watching but whether it’s good for them – I don’t know!” said Button, the 2009 world champion and Hamilton’s former team-mate at McLaren. “Emotions are running so high, these are two of the best drivers that have ever driven F1 cars and it is going to be fisticuffs over the next few races.
We’ve just got to hope it’s done in the right manner. I think after this race hopefully they’ll discuss it, that’s what’s important to me it’s that these drivers understand what happened and they talk about it and they move on, and then they can fight as they should with the gloves off.”
Moving on from Jenson Button’s insights, the following is what Lewis Hamilton happened to share in the aftermath of the 2021 British GP, an action-packed, controversy-fuelled contest that saw fans taking sides in the most chaotic and incident-marred occurrence of the race where Hamilton served a 10-second time penalty in lines with the contact he made on Verstappen’s car around Copse Corner that left the Red Bull driver escape unhurt, which was great news for absolutely everybody.
“There’ll be a lot of tough races coming up and we have to learn to strike a decent balance,” exclaimed Lewis. But what will be Verstappen’s response in this weekend’s Hungarian GP, one wonders?