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Button: Verstappen the fastest to ever to drive an F1 car

  • Published on 18 Oct 2019 09:22
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

2009 Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button has labelled Max Verstappen as the fastest driver to ever get behind the wheel of an F1 car.

In an interview with talkSPORT, Button stated the views Verstappen as a "very special" driver following some of the performances he has displayed throughout the 2019 season.

"I think he is the fastest driver that has ever driven an F1 car, I really do,” Button said. "I think he is unbelievably fast.

"Previously to this year he made some mistakes, as you would expect from a young driver, but now he’s doing such a fantastic job. I really do think he is very special.”

Verstappen has two wins to his name so far this year, with his total tally reading seven. He has also bagged 28 podiums with Red Bull so far since he joined energy drink squad in 2016.

The Dutchman will remain at Red Bull next season, however his contract expires at the team at the end of the 2020 campaign.

Verstappen is hoping that 2020 will see the team learn from where it wrong this year, as it has failed to challenge at the front of the grid on a consistent basis. 

"I think a lot of people are already busy for next year," Verstappen said. "This season there is not much more to achieve in the championship.

"As a team, we will be third anyway. We already know what we will get from Honda next year. That's good, and then we have to find out where we've made mistakes this year, so we can fix them next year."

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I wouldn't read too much into his choice of the word "ever". As for his brains: obviously he is known for being an athlete, hardly a thinker, but he is generally of sound reasoning ability. As for Max being the fastest or not: he is really bloody fast, that's for sure, and he could no doubt be up... [Read more]

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  • Oct 18 2019 - 15:14

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  • good!

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    • Oct 18 2019 - 13:27
  • that's pretty high praise!

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    • Oct 18 2019 - 13:30
  • Jenson Button was never known for his brains.
    There is no such thing like "ever".
    I could recall Alonso, Montoya, Senna, M. Schumacher, M. Andretti and others...

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    • Oct 18 2019 - 13:43
    • denis1304

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      is Prost in the others category?

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      • Oct 18 2019 - 21:17
    • @denis1304: I wouldn't say so. Alain Prost -just like Niki Lauda- drove with their mind.

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      • Oct 19 2019 - 12:48
    • Manto02

      Posts: 93

      Wtf, Button is one of the drivers that uses brain the most, in and out of track. Consider the car he is driving, consider the fact that he scored 200 of the 300 red bull points. Nobody can talk about ever, but I strongly believe that max is the currently the best driver on grid.

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      • Oct 21 2019 - 12:28
  • Respect JB’s opinion. But, he cant possibly know all the drivers ‘ever’ driven an f1 car like Clarke for ex. to compare against Max.

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    • Oct 18 2019 - 14:54
  • I wouldn't read too much into his choice of the word "ever". As for his brains: obviously he is known for being an athlete, hardly a thinker, but he is generally of sound reasoning ability. As for Max being the fastest or not: he is really bloody fast, that's for sure, and he could no doubt be up there. However, he still need to mature in other aspects so he'll get better use of that speed. We've seen decent glimpses of that maturing process this year, but there is still ample room. But what a time to be watching F1 with fresh un's like Leclerc and Max and the lot.

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    • Oct 18 2019 - 15:14
  • Meh...JB is a solid judge and if that's what he says then that's good enough for me. You cant argue that with inferior machinery he has done bloody well. He's up there but you cant talk about ever - nonsense talk. Jimmy Clarke wasn't too bad was he......Villeneuve's another one,,,,

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    • Oct 18 2019 - 23:03

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