Button dislikes concept of F1 drivers being compared

Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel
Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel

Jenson Button has says he feels uncomfortable about the general perception that Fernando Alonso is better than the Spaniard’s recent title rival Sebastian Vettel and dislikes the concept of comparing drivers.

Asked by Spanish sports newspaper AS to describe his former McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton, Button said: “Lewis is extremely fast, a great driver. I’ve been asked this a lot. I’m tired of these questions.”

Told, however, that Alonso shares his high opinion of Hamilton, Button answered: “Yes, Fernando always says positive things about Lewis. He loves Lewis,” the McLaren driver laughed.

“Sometimes the compliments are even returned,” added Button.

Told that it is all just ‘psychological warfare’ in the battle to dethrone reigning triple world champion Vettel, Button said: “I don’t know, you’d have to ask them. It (mind games) is not something that interests me.”

“I don’t know if Fernando is a better driver than Sebastian. No one knows. We are a group of drivers and if you say that one is better, in this case Alonso (or) Vettel, then that is disrespectful. You have to respect everyone, but obviously some (are respected) more than others.”