In Formula One, rivalry between teammates are often termed toxic as altercations and clashes on most occasions lead to drastic outcomes, with divisions within the team itself.
However, if observed from a different perspective, the same scenario could be beneficial as both drivers enjoy healthy competition between themselves for superiority, without jeopardising the plans of the team to secure the highest honours.
Former world champion Jenson Button has come out and disclosed his experience of racing Lewis Hamilton whilst being in the same team.
Hamilton has had the reputation of being involved in clashes with teammates, with Nico Rosberg at Mercedes and Fernando Alonso at McLaren being prime examples.
Whereas, his remarkable camaraderie with Valtteri Bottas this term has guided Mercedes to win the Constructors’ Championship for the fourth successive year.
Button revealed that competing against the likes of the reigning champion between 2010 and 2012, when they were members of the same garage at McLaren, was indeed some of the best moments of his F1 career.
He enjoyed the experience and it helped to bring out the best in him at the top level on a regular basis.
Speaking on the subject, the 37-year-old said: “Our relationship was interesting.
“Because I came from Brawn, where I won the world championship in 2009 - and he won the previous world championship in 2008, with McLaren.
“I moved to his team, if you like, so I walked in the door looking for that challenge of racing against Lewis Hamilton.
“Both British, racing for a British team, both world champions, fresh new world champions, so it put a lot of pressure on us and that made it fun, I really enjoyed that challenge."
Button further added that the four-time world champion was the fastest driver he ever encountered on the racing track and he relished each challenge to the utmost.
“He is unbelievably quick and, over one lap, he is the quickest guy I think that has ever driven a Formula One car,” continued Button.
“In a race, I could challenge him, and we could race for wins.
“Over those three years we won a lot and some of the races I did win were the best races in my career, because I had to beat Lewis to achieve them.”
Retired from F1 in 2016, Button returned to make a one-off appearance in the absence of Alonso in 2017 and is currently serving at the reserve driver for McLaren till 2018, while Hamilton is in the negotiation process of extending his deal with Mercedes beyond next season.
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