Former F1 driver Jenson Button has spoken candidly about his time alongside Lewis Hamilton at McLaren and has pinpointed a key weakness between him and his former team-mate.
The Briton stormed to victory during Brawn GP’s only season in Formula One in 2009, topping the standings all season, with Button finishing 11 points clear of Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull.
However, Button’s next journey took him to McLaren, alongside the then one-time world champion Hamilton, with both drivers on a level playing field heading into the 2010 season.
The Briton remained with McLaren until 2017, before deciding to retire from Formula One to concentrate on other racing ventures.
However reflecting on his time at the team, Button admits there were some things he potentially could’ve done differently.
“My greatest weakness was that I wasn’t willing to move on from a bad weekend,” Button told the High Performance podcast. “But I feel I’ve definitely got over that.
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“Whereas I was the complete opposite. I would brake and modulate it, to stop front locking, and I would come on the throttle and modulate the throttle, so I didn’t have to change my steering angle.
“So I’d be smooth on the steering. They’d say, ‘Oh, he looks so smooth’. It’s just because that’s what I would use very differently than someone like Lewis. That hurt me in some ways, but it helped me in those mixed conditions [to] really feel the condition underneath me.”