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Former world champion Jenson Button believes we are seeing the ‘best Lewis Hamilton’ we’ve ever seen throughout his time in Formula One. The British driver has won seven world titles during his career.
“From his time from McLaren to Mercedes he changed, yes, but this year is completely different,” Button exclusively told Express Sport. “You walk in the paddock high-fiving people and calling them by their name and it’s like, where have you been this winter?
“It’s great to see, he’s just confident in his own ability, which is great, really great to see that he’s comfortable in his own skin. That for me is a big talking point of the year – how he’s changed this year.
“He’s so much calmer in the car. There’s still the adrenaline, right? And then you say things that maybe after the race you regret. But when he’s out of the car, he’s so calm. Monaco’s a tough race, you know, but I learned a lot and I’m moving forward. It’s great to hear. And I do think it’s from the heart and it’s the truth, which is good.”
Button concluded it’s a maturity we’ve never seen before from the Briton.
He continued: “I think in the past, there have been moments where he’s wanted to say something, then you see him collect himself, and he’s like what should I actually say right now?
“And then he changes his answer, so you can see it, you can see his brain working. And that has been the case before. And when we were teammates, that would happen as well. But now I do just feel he’s confident in his skin and he is saying what he thinks, which is really good to see. And I think it’s the best Lewis Hamilton we’ve seen.”