Button more impressive in 2011, says Alesi
4 December 2011 – Former Grand Prix winner Jean Alesi believes that Jenson Button’s most recent campaign ‘was even more impressive’ than his title-winning season with Brawn GP in 2009. The McLaren driver claimed three victories and a further nine podium finishes this year, becoming the first ever driver to outscore Lewis Hamilton as a team-mate.
"Apart from Vettel, who did an unbelievable job, the award (for driver of the year) should go to Jenson Button," Alesi explained. "I was not surprised by his performance, because he's been a World Champion before, but the way he managed to be there all the time, even when he was struggling with set-up, and still get good points was impressive.
"He also pulled some great overtaking moves, so he was aggressive when he needed to be and smooth when he needed to be, adapting to the Pirelli tyres quicker than most. What a mature performance, and all the more impressive when your team-mate is Lewis Hamilton and Jenson is still, essentially, the new boy (at McLaren).
"I believe 2011 was even more impressive than his championship-winning year, given that he didn't have the best car and his team-mate was Hamilton."