(Motorsport-Complete.com) – “Fernando will return as a better driver [in die Formel 1], “believes Jenson Button. The Spaniard was in the premier class at the end of the year 2017 turned his back on the hunt for the triple crown, i.e. victories in Monaco, Le Mans and Indianapolis. Although he is the Indy 500 of the IndyCar series, Alonso celebrated great successes in endurance racing – an advantage according to Button for the Formula 1 return of the 39 – year olds.
Has twice Alonso and Toyota won the 24 h at Le Mans. On the long haul, however, a driver’s ego does not play a major role, as a driver and up to two teammates have to get the must out of a car. The experience that Alonso had with Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima at his side is worth gold, says Button.
“It doesn’t matter whether he has become a better driver or not works better with the team now, I think he’s changed, “said Button about Alonso. “That’s very interesting, because you didn’t want Fernando from two or three years ago on your team. Now he’s a much better team player who understands what it takes to be successful.”
Although Alonso will belong to the older, experienced guard in the premier class, Button trusts the returnee a lot too. After all, the Spaniard has won the Formula 1 World Cup twice in his career – in the years 2005 and 2006.
Button also understands why Alonso decided to make a comeback in the premier class: “Kimi Raikkonen also spent a few years away from Formula 1 and then realized how good she is. That is the reason why Fernando will return too . ” Like Alonso, Raikkonen tried his hand at other categories in his end. At that time the Finn went to the originate in rally and NASCAR sport.
Button himself has his Formula 1 career after the end of the season 2016 completed. Only for the Monaco Big Prix 2017 the Brit made a one-off return to the premier class. Since then he has started in various series around the world. He celebrated his Le Mans debut 2017, he secured the Neat GT title 2019.
Last month Button made his debut in the British GT celebrated. But he also says today that he would have liked to have spent “a few more years” in Formula 1.