F1: Can Lewis Hamilton do it again?
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World champion Jenson Button believes we are seeing the ‘best Lewis Hamilton’ we’ve ever seen throughout his time in Formula One, adding that it’s been good to see him speaking ‘from the heart.’
Button partnered Hamilton at McLaren in 2010, fresh off the back of winning the title the season before, creating what was dubbed as an all-British ‘super team’.
Hamilton had won just one world title at the time, and Button managed to outscore Hamilton over the course of their three seasons together as team-mates at the Working-based team.
Yet this season, Button says he’s seen a huge change in his former team-mate, who is looking to become statistically the most successful driver in Formula One.
“From his time from McLaren to Mercedes he changed, yes, but this year is completely different,” Button told Express Sport exclusively.
“You walk in the paddock high-fiving people and calling them by their name and it’s like, where have you been this winter?”
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“It’s great to see, he’s just confident in his own ability, which is great, really great to see that he’s comfortable in his own skin.
“That for me is a big talking point of the year – how he’s changed this year.
“He’s so much calmer in the car. There’s still the adrenalin, right? And then you say things that maybe after the race you regret.
“But when he’s out of the car, he’s so calm. Monaco’s a tough race, you know, but I learned a lot and I’m moving forward.
“It’s great to hear. And I do think it’s from the heart and it’s the truth, which is good.
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The Dutchman currently has a 12-point cushion over the seven-time world champion, leading the way since Monaco, with Red Bull stretching their legs over Mercedes with a 37 point lead.
But despite tense battles on track, and rare mistakes appearing from Hamilton, Button concluded it’s a maturity we’ve never seen before from the Briton.
“I think in the past, there have been moments where he’s wanted to say something, then you see him collect himself, and he’s like what should I actually say right now?
“And then he changes his answer, so you can see it, you can see his brain working.
“And that has been the case before. And when we were teammates, that would happen as well.
“But now I do just feel he’s confident in his skin and he is saying what he thinks, which is really good to see. And I think it’s the best Lewis Hamilton we’ve seen.”
Hamilton looks to reclaim the lead of the championship on Sunday with the second of three back-to-back races this month, with two races in Austria next in line.
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