The president of the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) compared the two with the tortoise and the hare (Aesop's Fables analogy) and said that this year's British GP could provide the boiling point for the relationship between the two.
“It's going to start to boil over. This could be the start of the rest of the season. They have totally different approaches. One is Senna-esque and the other a Prost-like driver. So it's the tortoise and the hare, which is an unfair comparison calling a racing driver a tortoise,” said Hill in an interview with Reuters.
Needless to say, the two drivers immediately reacted to Hill's comments, but of course not in an aggressive way. Hamilton insisted that only future will tell if the BRDC president is right, while the reigning world champion shrug off Hill's comparison.
“I think it is always very interesting to hear past world champions talk about present drivers and present world champions, and to hear their thoughts. It is then interesting to see whether it plays out and whether it is true or false - and whether they actually know what they are talking about or not. You will find out later in the year I guess,” said Ham.
“They are his words and not mine. I won the world championship last year because I was quick, and I won six races and was always there fighting. For me that is key to the championship. It is not always about just consistency. You need to be fighting at the front and you need to be challenging for victories all the time. That is exactly where I want to be,” added Button.