Former F1 world Champion Jenson Button has disagreed with Esteban Ocon’s comments in a blunt reply on Twitter.
Recently in an interview, Esteban Ocon made a claim claiming that after Lewis Hamilton he is the only driver who has a better driving record while a teammate of Fernando Alonso.
Lewis Hamilton joined forces with McLaren and Fernando Alonso in 2007 – his debut season in Formula 1. Both went on to have an intense battle throughout the season.
However, in the end, Hamilton finished ahead of Alonso in the second position in the Drivers’ Title. The Duo scored 109 points each, but Hamilton had better finishes in the season.
Kimi Raikkonen snatched the title away from both McLaren drivers with 1 single point. The Finnish driver scored 110 points.
‘only teammate at his level was Lewis’ – Esteban Ocon
Ocon believes only Hamilton has performed better than him as Alonso’s teammate:
“I don’t read everything that is said about me, but I hope that when I do something good, it is reported as such, and that others can get an idea,”
Ocon told Motorsport.com.
“But it is true that there are some people who say to me ‘ah, I didn’t notice your qualifying at Spa’, or ‘I forgot you won last year’. I admit that I find it a bit strange.
“In the end in qualifying, compared with Fernando, it is 9/7 to him, but I have a few more points in the standings. Last year, if we talk about qualifying, we finished the season in a draw: 11 to 11. If I look at Fernando’s career, the only teammate at his level was Lewis.
“Everyone else has not done better than me. Personally, I feel that I am doing a good job, yes. So it is a bit strange at times to see that on the outside there are those who perceive me in a slightly different way.”
Button has other thoughts on the claim
Autosport.com tweeted the same claim on their official Twitter handle.
To this tweet, Jenson Button bluntly replied:
“I will have to disagree.”
Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were teammates in 205 driving for McLaren. The Briton finished ahead of the Spaniard scoring 16 points compared to his 11.
However, this stat loses its ground because both the drivers were driving a rather uncompetitive McLaren car. They were never involved in any intense rivalry like Hamilton and Alonso. The duo was mostly fighting at the back of the grid.
Furthermore, both finished in 16th and 17th place in the Drivers’ standings. Moreover, Alonso secured the best result for the team finishing P5 at Hungarian Grand Prix.
The car further had reliability issues with Alonso having 7 DNFs followed by Button’s 6 DNFs.
Anyways, the question is if Ocon’s claim has any ground. The 26-year-old driver is trying to compare himself with a 41-year-old driver who might be long past his prime already.
Furthermore, Alonso’s 2022 campaign was also affected by reliability issues not giving a clear picture.
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