Button says Hamilton will be stronger after spat with F1 team-mate
|By Jonathan Noble||Tuesday, May 27th 2014, 14:12 GMT|
Jenson Button has warned Nico Rosberg to expect his Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton to come back even stronger after the controversial Monaco Grand Prix weekend.
After Rosberg beat Hamilton to victory on the streets of Monte Carlo, Button says past experience shows that defeat will only serve to make his former team-mate bounce back.
"This has really helped Nico's championship, breaking Lewis's run of wins," explained Button after the Monaco Grand Prix.
"Is Lewis strong enough to come back? I really do think he is.
"You will see a more determined Lewis at the next race. It is a circuit he loves.
"I remember with Lewis when we had a tussle in a race, or there was an issue between us or with the team and Lewis, he would have a really bad race and be quite outspoken and emotional about it.
"But then the next race he would destroy me. He would come back stronger than ever.
"So the mind games people play on him will not work."
Button says that his time alongside Hamilton showed that the 2008 champion can let the emotions get the better of him sometimes, but that he is able to move on quickly from disappointment.
"He is quite an emotional character and he will be quite hurt, but he will come back stronger than ever," he said.
"In Spa, we had the issue of running different downforce levels and he did not like that, which hurt him that weekend, but he came back and won the next race.
"He is very good at turning it around and coming back because he is a superb driver, very fast and he can wrestle a car around a circuit.
"He won't have any issues going into the next race with Nico."