Battle Lines Drawn as Lewis Hamilton’s Former Teammate Pens Two Worded Response to Out-Classing the F1 Champ

Published 01/24/2023, 9:30 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 10, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

The term “teammate” in Formula 1 is one of the most misleading terms in the sport. While a driver competes against every other driver on the grid, his biggest competition is none other than his own partner. To put it simply, nobody likes to lose, definitely not against the guy driving the same machine. And if that partner is Lewis Hamilton, then you are already in a tough spot. There aren’t many who have managed to beat him driving the same car, but ones who have, cherish it their whole life. One of those very few is Jenson Button.

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Despite winning the world championship with Brawn GP in 2009, Button switched to McLaren to race alongside Hamilton. The move did not turn out as planned as Button didn’t just finish 5th in the championship, but was also beaten by Hamilton on points. Despite that, he enjoyed the competition. Once he was able to adapt to the car, he got the better of Hamilton next year in 2011.

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Jenson relived that glory as The Race recently did a story on Lewis’ seasons where he didn’t win a title. In the list, they mentioned the 2011 season and praised Button for his performances. They wrote, “Button outperformed and outscored Hamilton, who also struggled to adapt his aggressive style to the demands of the new Pirelli tires. It’s the only year in his F1 career that Hamilton has been emphatically outclassed by his team-mate.”

Overjoyed by the praise, Jenson shared the article on Twitter with a caption that read “who dis?!” with a silly emoji.

Fans had a mixed reaction to the post as either they either hailed him for the rare achievement or called him out for being petty.

Jenson Button starts a war among fans with his divisive post on Lewis Hamilton

Have a look at how the F1’s Twitter population reacted to the post shared by Jenson.

One fan hailed Jenson’s achievement and even went as far as calling him the GOAT.

One user called out Hamilton fans for being salty and trying to undermine other drivers’ achievements.

Button outscored Fernando Alonso in 2015 by just 5 points. They were teammates at McLaren back then.

That year, Button became the first teammate who beat Hamilton over a full season. Before that, Alonso had only tied with him on points in the 2007 season.

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Which side of the wall are you on? Is the win over Hamilton one to be cherished, or was Button just bragging?

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Nischay Rathore

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Nischay Rathore is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. Being a law graduate, he has worked at the Supreme Court of India as well as the High Court of Delhi. However, due to his adherent love for sports, he has now set out to start his journey into the world of Sports Journalism.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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