Button: Lewis was naive to build a team around him
Jenson Button knows a thing or two about his former teammate and rival Lewis Hamilton, just like Nico Rosberg, both have beaten the seven-time Formula 1 world champion during their time together and have some great advice for new George Russell.
At McLaren from 2010 to 2012, Button and Hamilton were teammates, the first to arrive after winning their first world title, in a team built mostly around Hamilton.
The first and last years together, Hamilton placed fourth and Button fifth, but in 2011, the latter was second with Lewis fifth.
With the announcement that Russell will join Mercedes next year, his team-mates’ dynamic between him and Hamilton will be in the spotlight as the Young Gun enters the King’s squad, paving the way for another epic chapter of the F1.
Between then and now, speculation has been and will continue to be rife about how these two will freeze up or not at Mercedes. with Hamilton’s former teammates do not hesitate to share their views.
In an interview with CielButton’s advice to George is, “He has to join the team and be himself and shouldn’t care what Lewis is doing.” He should do his own thing.
Button recalled his transition from Brawn GP, 2009 world champion to McLaren driver, a team built around Hamilton since 2007, their 2008 world champion: “That’s the first thing I said when I walked through the door: are we treated the same? They said we would be treated the same and I just said where do I sign?
“For Lewis it was strange that I came into his team and be equal. Lewis is pretty straightforward when it comes to driving, but he was somehow naive when it came to driving. build a team around him.
“You have to make sure you surround yourself with good people in the team. Be a team player, take the boys out to dinner. Little things matter. People must think you care. Lewis didn’t do that at first because he was so fast. He thought he had no more to do but now he is a complete package.
“For George it’s completely different now than it was in our time,” Button explained.
Rosberg, the 2016 F1 world champion, who was also beaten by Hamilton in the first three years of their partnership with Mercedes, also weighed on one of the sport’s most intriguing couples, but in 2016 the German dug deeper than ever. to claim the title from Hamilton.
Rosberg said of Russell’s arrival at Mercedes next year: “The challenge for him will be to hold back in the first duel or not? It is so difficult. He faces the best of all time. No one expects him to destroy it. But if he can do it, he will be the greatest hero of all time.
In other words, George has the most to gain and Lewis the most to lose, according to Rosberg: “He’s the biggest, and the youngster could beat him. It is an uncomfortable situation.
And indeed, HAM-ROS had its share of incidents, in particular a contact in Spa and the double erasure in Barcelona, a real civil war at Mercedes, which Nico remembers: “It was hard to the limit. The problem is, it’s in your family. It makes it so difficult. Your team is a family, but in this family there are big differences. It is difficult to manage.
To you Toto Wolff …