Jenson Button has said that he is excited to see Lewis Hamilton make his move to Ferrari in 2023 and called it a brave move from the seven-time champion.
In a shocking move, it was announced that Hamilton is set to join Ferrari in 2025. This move marks the end of an era for Hamilton at Mercedes, where he achieved an extraordinary run of success, including six World Drivers’ Championships with the team. Despite a historic relationship with Mercedes, Hamilton has decided to take on a new challenge with Ferrari.
The decision comes after much speculation and just five months following the announcement of his two-year deal with Mercedes for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. However, it was later revealed that an escape clause existed in Hamilton’s contract, which he had chosen to activate.
Hamilton said that it was a childhood dream for him to drive for Ferrari and he is looking forward to the new challenge. Button, who was Hamilton’s teammate at McLaren between 2010 and 2012 has now weighed in on the matter.
This is a biggie: Jenson Button on Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari
Speaking to Sky F1, Button said he had a lot of respect for Hamilton for making the decision. Button said that Hamilton is going to a team where Italian is spoken, a language he doesn’t know.
Button also said that Hamilton’s move to Ferrari is great for F1.
“For Lewis, this is a brave move, and a lot of respect to him,” Button said.
“He’s not just going to another team, he’s going to Ferrari. He’s going to a team where they speak Italian, a language he doesn’t know, and a language Charles [Leclerc] does know very well.
“This is a biggie. So I’m excited for this and it’s great for F1.”
When asked about who he would like to see replace Hamilton at Mercedes, Button said Fernando Alonso would be his pick as he feels that the Spaniard is hungry for success even at 42.
“I might have a bit of a man crash on my ex-teammate, but I would love to see Fernando Alonso,” Button told Sky F1.
“He is 42 now, but the hunger is there. And if the hunger is there, the fitness is there.”
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