‘Lewis Is the Most Complete Driver’ – Button Explains Why Hamilton Is Better Than Verstappen at the Moment

Published 05/28/2021, 3:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race alongside Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who finished in second place REUTERS/Albert Gea


2021 has seen the beginning of a new rivalry in F1 with Max Verstappen finally ready to pose a title threat to 7-times world champion Lewis Hamilton. Both drivers have unquestionable talent, skill, and pace at their disposal. In other words, they are in a league of their own. However, former world champion Jenson Button reckons that the Mercedes superstar is a more well-rounded driver than his Red Bull counterpart.

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The former McLaren and Brawn GP driver opines that while Verstappen may have been blessed with natural ability, Lewis‘ hardwork behind the scenes in order to fine tune his skills makes him the better driver between the two of them.

Button said, “I think Lewis is the most complete driver.

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Formula One F1. Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Bryn Lennon Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

“For me, a driver that works hard and develops his skills is the best driver in the world, and I think that Lewis has really worked and fine-tuned his skills and at the moment he is the guy to beat, he is the best in the world.”

Button explains why Max Verstappen isn’t on the same level as Lewis Hamilton just yet

The Briton believes Lewis’ richer on-track experience and the fact that he has the knowhow to win multiple championships gives him the edge in this season’s title battle.

Jenson said, “Max, with his natural ability, is able to challenge Lewis, but he’s not as complete as Lewis.

Formula One F1. Monaco Grand Prix. Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

“One, because he has never won a World Championship and has never been through that rollercoaster, and two, because he doesn’t have the experience of Lewis and Lewis has put in the hours, he’s put in the time to develop as a driver.”

While Button reckons Hamilton may have the upper hand, Red Bull advisor Dr. Helmut Marko think differently. He believes Max has one key attribute that he could use to his advantage in order to win his maiden title.

So far, the title hangs in the balance. After 5 races, it is the Dutchman who leads the standings by just a solitary point. With 18 races yet to go, anything can happen. Let us know who you are backing to come out on top in the comments below.

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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