Jenson Button has no fears about going up against Lewis Hamilton next year after completing a deal to partner his predecessor as World Champion at McLaren. The 29-year-old told F1 Racing that he believes he has the ability to do well against Hamilton despite rating him as one of the best in the sport.
"No – I think in Formula 1 you're racing against very talented drivers and we don't get here by chance," said Button when asked whether he would be afraid of going up against Hamilton. "But racing against any new teammate is always exciting and it's a challenge. Especially racing against a past World Champion. He might have only been in F1 for three years, but he has a lot of experience in a good team and a good car, so competing against him is definitely going to be a challenge.
"Would I fancy my chances against him? Well every driver would, every driver wants to show to themselves more than anyone else how good they are."
Button believes that you have to be willing to go up against the best drivers in the world in equal machinery to prove yourself in Formula 1.
"We all think we are up there with the best of them, but when you look at it you don't know if you are better than someone else unless you are racing against them in the same car," he said. "You can say you are the best in the world and you can feel you are the best in the world, but you never know until you go head to head with them."