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Button praises Schumacher's achievement

Jenson Button praises Michael Schumacher's 20 years in F1
Jenson Button has joined the list of people paying tribute to Michael Schumacher as he prepares to celebrate 20 years in F1 this weekend at Spa.

Schumacher made his debut as a 21-year-old back in 1991 with Jordan and is now the oldest driver on the F1 grid, with former team-mate Rubens Barrichello being the only driver to have started more races.

Button himself has been in F1 since 2000 when he debuted with Williams, meaning the current season is his twelfth on the grid.

Although not ruling out the possibility that he could match Schumacher in managing 20 years – albeit in Schumacher's case with a few years out after his retirement in 2006 – Button said he couldn't see himself still competing in F1 in his 40s and praised the seven-time champion for staying at the top for so long.

"This is my 12th year in the sport, but 20 years...to be at the top of his game for that long is very impressive,” he told the Press Association. "For a driver, with the stresses and pressures that are on you, 20 years is a long time in the sport for anyone.

"Looking at it I'm only eight years behind. I can't see myself racing when I'm in my 40s, but there is always a possibility."

McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton also praised Schumacher in reaching the milestone.

"It is a great achievement for Michael,” he said. “I think it is quite cool he is still here, so good on him."



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Taipan

August 25, 2011 1:10 AM

Drake, I think they would have been good team mates, JB is comfortable enough in his own ability to walk into McLaren and keep Hamilton honest, so I'm sure he could have worked well with MS. The great thing about Jenson is that his ego doesn't get in the way of his real ability, he doesn't pretend to be the greatest driver ever (unlike his delusional team mate) Jenson is just a damn fine racing driver, he's proved himself, he's a world champion and good luck to him.

britpacked

August 25, 2011 7:40 AM

JB would make a good team m8 for most in F1, well liked by everyone in the paddock, level headed and doesnt shoot his mouth off, Good luck this wkend jenson ! Let's go for the win in the dry to show the doubters what you got!



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