Jenson Button explains why he couldn’t match Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso

Jenson Button has given the reason why he couldn’t match Lewis Hamilton or Fernando Alonso.

Button is one of the best drivers the sport has ever seen. The British driver has raced with and against the best, and held his own or surpassed them more often than not. However, there was one area Button often lacked in. He believes that the reason why he couldn’t match the levels of Hamilton or Alonso is that he, unlike them, couldn’t push in a bad car.

As reported by RacingNews365, Button said, “My greatest weakness was that I wasn’t willing to move on from a bad weekend. One thing I’ve not been able to get over is driving a bad car. That’s my weakness.

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Jenson Button (pictured) has stated what his weakness was during his racing career. Source:

“Lewis (and) Fernando Alonso can jump in a bad car and get more out of it than I can. That’s probably my weakness.”


Button also offered an example as to how his driving style was different to Hamilton’s.

“For example, Lewis comes into a corner – it’s great because I have all the speed traces and everything from the data when we were teammates – but hammers the brake as hard as he can. There’s no modulation, turns into the corner, goes on the throttle, the same amount of pressure every time, and he does everything through the steering wheel.

“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,” the 2009 World Champion concluded.

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