Jenson Button says it is a “shame” that the title fight between his former team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg had not been “cleaner” this season.
Button, who partnered the 2008 champion at McLaren between 2010 and 2012, came home sixth during last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, while Hamilton retired after an controversial early clash with current Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at Les Combes.
“It is a shame it is not a cleaner fight,” Button told Press Association. “I’ve always said the person who wins the world championship this year is the person who does the best job on the circuit, but that does not quite seem the way it is at the moment.
“There was nothing there. All there was was going off the circuit. There was no move. Strange.
“I think any driver would look at it now, and I am sure Nico will look at it and say, ‘I don’t know what was I thinking’. You should be able to judge situations like that a bit better.”
Button also shared his sympathy for the amount of bad luck his former team-mate has suffered across 2014.
Hamilton won four races on the bounce early in the season, but since May’s Spanish Grand Prix the 2008 champion has taken just one victory, at home in Britain, after reliability issues saw him start from the back of the grid in Germany and Hungary, as well as retire in Canada.
“I feel for Lewis, he was leading the race [in Belgium],” added Button. “It is unbelievable.
“I’ve never seen such bad luck, or misjudgement on other people’s part, for Lewis to lose so many points over a period of races. It’s astonishing, really.
“I’ve never seen that before, especially when you have a car that is so dominant and they should be first and second every race.
“It is just a matter of fighting it out and beating your team-mate, although I know that takes its toll.
“But for me Lewis has come across really well in the media after some disappointing races,” added the 2009 champion.
“He has definitely grown as an individual, which is good to see, and has taken it on the chin. Hopefully it will build his confidence for the rest of the season rather than shatter it.”
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