Hamilton will come back stronger in Canada – Button
The 34-year-old spent three seasons paired with the 2008 world champion and added that he will “probably be untouchable” at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Hamilton finished second in last weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, nine seconds behind his team-mate Nico Rosberg. He was far from happy with the result, particularly after the German driver went off track at Mirabeau in qualifying and brought out the yellow flags.
This forced the Brit to back off on his final attempt, giving Rosberg pole position. After the disappointment of Monaco, Button expects Hamilton to bounce back at the next round.
“Whether Nico did it on purpose or not, Lewis is going to think that he did and that is the way when you are team-mates fighting for a world championship,” he told The Guardian. “But you will see a more determined Lewis at the next race.
“I remember with Lewis that when we had a tussle in a race or there was an issue between us or with the team, he would have a really bad race and be quite outspoken and emotional. And at the next race he would destroy me. He would come back stronger than ever.”
He added: “In Spa [in 2012], we had the issue of running different downforce levels and he did not like that. It hurt him that weekend, but he came back and won the next race.
“He is very good at turning it around because he is a super driver, he is very fast and he can wrestle a car around a circuit. The mind games people play on him will not work.
“Initially, he is an emotional character, and he will be quite hurt, but he comes back strong. After a bad race he would arrive at the next one very quiet, and then go out and blitz it. He will do the same in Canada – he will probably be untouchable in Canada. And he likes the circuit.”
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