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Jenson Button reveals the hardest drivers to overtake in Formula One

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Jenson Button has revealed the most challenging competitors to overtake in Formula One.

Currently on a sabbatical and promoting his autobiography, Button named British racer David Coulthard and Australian Mark Webber as the hardest drivers to overtake in his illustrious 17-year Formula One career.

Despite the lack of Drivers’ Championship victories in their combined 25 years in the sport, Button claims that Coulthard and Webber were the most challenging competitors in Formula One.

Of David Coulthard, Button stated: “You always thought the move was done and then he would turn in.”

He claimed that both drivers were “very similar in the way that they drove,” in a Facebook live question and answer session for BBC Sport

“They’d give you space, they wouldn’t block you into a corner. You dived into the inside, you thought the move was done and it wasn’t.

“Those two were the toughest to race but there was also a mutual respect so I enjoyed racing with those guys.”

Button, with 309 races under his belt, won his sole Drivers’ Championship in 2009 with the short lived Brawn F1 team.

The British racer debuted at the 2000 season’s curtain raiser in Australia.

Santander Cycles at Silverstone

He racked up a total of 15 wins, the first of which at the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix. Button also notched up 50 podiums during his near two-decade stretch on the grid.

His last, and sole race of the 2017 calendar, was a retirement in the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix.

Button’s previous race win was back in 2012 in Brazil.

In his final full-time season, Button claimed 21 points, finishing 15th in the Drivers’ Championship.

Scroll to 08:29 in the below video to see Button talk about the hardest drivers.

His highest finish was placing sixth in Austria before finishing a disappointing 12th in his home race at Silverstone.

Button has an option to return to the McLaren fold as a full-time race driver for the 2018 calendar.

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