It’s been tough for Button, he and Fernando have endured two seasons with a Honda engine not fit for purpose displaying woeful reliability and low power output. These are aspects the former champions Button and Alonso shouldn’t expect driving for a prestigious team like McLaren. Perhaps it’s been tougher for the Englishman as McLaren’s downward spiral started some time before the switch from Mercedes power to Honda.
One aspect of Button’s career that should be taken note of is his history with team mates. He’s served many a long tour at the pinnacle of motorsport starting way back in 2000 for Williams and the possibility of reaching 3oo race starts is certainly not out of the realms of possibility.
“I have experienced different forms of F1, I’ve been in the V10, V8, V6 engines and I’ve driven with so many different rules changes …” JB explained to Spanish news site motor.as.com.
“I can say that I have experienced things in this sport that many drivers do not have and I’ve achieved things that many of the other drivers haven’t. Reaching 300 is an interesting number because I’ve been through so much.”
When asked about his current team mate Fernando Alonso, Jenson was generous with praise for the ‘Spanish Samurai’
“Fernando is a very a smart guy and someone with a lot of charisma. But not only that, it also has a lot of talent, he is a double world champion and has been close at other times again and again. He is very complete, he is very fast in a race and in qualifying. Always competitive, which makes him a tough competitor, every weekend is a competition between us two, and so it’s a test for me.”
Button appears to have a degree of warmth toward the double champion explaining “He’s a great companion, I think I could not have a better teammate, is the best you can have.”. But when pressed for a comparison between Lewis and Fernando, he clearly states the differences.
“Lewis is faster a lap maybe, but titles are not won in one round. Fernando is more complete, more consistent driver of all my teammates.”