F1 » Whitmarsh: Button one of the very fastest out there

Martin Whitmarsh: Jenson is driving better than ever...

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Oldtimer - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 1:27 PM

Button may occasionally be one of the fastest out there but he can only manage it about twice a season and I don't see 2013 being any different. To win the championship again he will need a car with a big advantage and until we see what the new car can do its best for Whitmarsh and everybody else at McClaren to keep quiet.

Anon - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 1:34 PM

Is he really faster than Lewis, Romain, Pastor, Fernando, Sebastian etc.? Even when he nails a lap if Lewis has the same setup he's about a tenth off.

Damon - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 1:45 PM

Button is probably the fastest and smoothest driver ever in F1, the praise from Whitmarsh is well deserved.

Button will be 2013WDC while Hamilton and Lauda will be busy flinging poo at each other via the media.

Hamilton will never win another championship, he lucked into one thanks to Glock.

whitew - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 1:46 PM

Button is a decent driver but never World Champion material. He was lucky with the rules in 2009 and good on him for taking his chance.

He's a moody driver who only really performs when the car feels right, even in the best car he comes home in 14th, thats just not good enough.

Drivers like Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton will drive the wheels off the car anyway.... that's why in my opinion they are much better drivers.


January 31, 2013 2:23 PM

On his day then Button is unbeatable! I agree on overall speed he probably doesn't matched Alonso. Vettel or Hamilton but I believe he is one of the most all rounded drivers in Formula 1.

There is no doubt that if he had the right car earlier in his career then he would have had more success by now.

I believe some people on here have just started watching Formula 1 & don't know Jenson's back catalogue. In comparison to most of his team mates he has outperformed most of them in his career.


January 31, 2013 2:48 PM

Team mate comparison 2012 . Average qualifying gap
J.Button +0.275s
M.Webber +0.11s
F.Massa +0.329s
N.Rosberg +0.192s
K.Raikkonen +0.036s
P.DiResta +0.274s
K.Kobayashi +0.02s
J.Vergne +0.322s
B.Senna +0.559s
V.Petrov +0.212s
N.Karthikeyan +0.638s
C.Pic +0.401s

Sean - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 4:06 PM

Has everyone forgotten that Lewis ended up copying Jensons set up last season? So my question is this ...

Why would you do that if you were faster? One lap pace is important in quali only, too many variables we don't know, aero set up, tyres, fuel, temperature, I could go on, but race pace is completely different. I'm not saying he's slow, or Jenson is faster, just that although we can see better quali performance, on a percentage scale, Lewis doesn't carry that through to similar race advantage, fgranted, Lewis "tends to be" faster over a single lap, but lets cut it another way ... has Lewis translated that into 55, 60 or 70 laps in a race? ...

Please. before anyone gets on their high horse, Lewis is damn quick, no doubt, I love his speed, and Im warming pretty quickly to him, but the majority of posts come from people who have latched on to certain commentators comments, such as the radio messages, but you need to a much wider perspective when looking at some of the points we are

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